THE Glenorchy Basketball Association has benefited from a Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF) grant, which will see it improve its facilities and stadium at Claremont College.
The association was formed three years ago as an amalgamation of two clubs and an association.
It currently has more than 700 members and has the largest social basketball competition in Tasmania, which is played at the Moonah Sports Centre and Claremont College.
To help continue its growth, the association was successful in obtaining a $40,000 TCF grant to replace the backboards and rings at the Claremont College gym.
“We wanted to put in the best ones you can buy,” association president Rod Graham said.
“Over time we want to slowly gold plate the stadium, allowing it to be a good opportunity for us and the school in the long term.
“The replacement of add-on accessories like scoreboards and backboards will improve the condition of the gym, adding it to the top three or four gyms in Tasmania.”
Mr Graham said the association not only drew players from the Glenorchy area, but also Brighton, New Norfolk and Hobart.
“This grant will enable us to have higher quality basketball played out in this area than what we have right now,” he said.
“One of the key components is to install a drop down ring so juniors who are six to 12 can actually play with a lower ring.
“This will enable the younger children to come in and form a long relationship with our club.
“I’m really happy with the support from the TCF, Claremont College and our sponsor McDonalds.”
The TCF has provided nearly $3 million to 71 projects throughout Tasmania in its latest grant round.
TCF chairperson Sally Darke said the grants would make a positive difference in the lives of many individuals and communities.
“The TCF Board is proud to be able to support so many worthwhile projects and programs in Tasmania through these grants,” she said.
“After distributing our $100 millionth dollar from the Fund early last year, it is important for us to continue to meet the changing needs of the Tasmanian community, and improving infrastructure is certainly one of those areas.
“The TCF continues to strategically evolve its funding programs to better meet the needs of Tasmanians by focusing on workforce engagement, community wellbeing and community infrastructure.”
The Fund’s next general grant round, round 40, is now open.
Guidelines and links to application forms are available on the website at www.tascomfund.org or by contacting the TCF office on telephone 6165 8333.
The Tasmanian Community Fund was established in 1999 following the sale of the Trust Bank.
An independent funding body, the Fund provides grants to community organisations that make a difference by improving the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the Tasmanian community.
Caption: From left, Glenorchy Basketball Association president Rod Graham, Claremont College principal Bill Jarvis and Claremont College business manager Gray Coleman.