Basketball program “Chargers” into schools

LAST year, nearly 14,000 young Tasmanians received the chance to attend clinics, camps and coaching sessions run by Hobart Chargers players and coaches.

Now even more students will get to benefit from these basketball clinics with the continuation of the ‘Hobart Chargers in the Community Program’ thanks to $106,000 in funding from the State Government.

The Hobart Chargers clinics build basketball participation, skills and physical fitness for Tasmanian school-aged children.

They are run by Chargers head coach Anthony Stewart alongside American import and local players.

Hobart Chargers president David Bartlett said the demand from southern Tasmanian schools for Chargers basketball clinics was “massive”, with very positive reports back from all participating schools.

“The continuation of our funding from the State Government not only secures the future of our extensive community programs, but also effectively helps secure the future of the club,” he said.

“With all these additional kids being introduced to basketball every year, the club believes it will flow through to a massive fan base for the future.

“Basketball registrations increased by 36 per cent last year and much of that growth came from the three South Eastern Australian Basketball League clubs working in schools.”

The launch of the 2018 “Hobart Chargers in the Community” recently took place at Claremont College, where the school’s home team gave the Hobart Chargers a run for their money.

Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer said it had been pleasing to secure $250,000 in funding for Basketball Tasmania in 2017 to establish clinics in the south, north and north-west.

She said these clinics inspired young people to get out on their school or community courts and be active.

“I am delighted that the Tasmanian Government will continue this funding in 2018 with $106,000 to go to the Hobart Chargers for their well-attended school sports clinics,” she said.

Caption: From left, Hobart Chargers players Tre Nichols, Mathiang Muo and Britt Smart, with Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer and Claremont College students Olivia Smith, Sean Fenton, Braedon Pullen and Amelia Triffitt.