• Term 4 Miniball Basketball Free for Participants

Term 4 Miniball Basketball Free for Participants

Basketball Hawkes Bay is thrilled to announce the removal of all playing fees from years 1 -8 Miniball in Term 4 for 2020.

2020 has been a disruptive and turbulent year for everyone and participants have faced tough times with limited Basketball available. Years 1 to 4 have had a grand total of 3 playing weeks due to different COVID-19 alert levels and it is hoped the removal of all playing fees for term 4 will remove one of the major barriers for schools and clubs to participate.

The Basketball Hawkes Bay board fully backed the decision and it is hoped will be well received by the community.

“It is something we are thrilled to be able to deliver for our participants. 2020 has seen little community basketball able to be played so the removal of fees allows everyone to get involved at the end of an unsettling and unusual year.” Basketball Hawkes Bay General Manager Nick Hogan commented.

Chair of Basketball Hawkes Bay Keith Price was delighted to be able to announce the initiative “It is great that we will be able to offer kids the chance to play Basketball for free this coming term after what has been a tough year on everyone financially. I want to congratulate Nick and his staff on the hard work that they have put in to make this happen.”

Hogan said the impact of the second wave of level 2 restrictions had been frustrating “Just when we started to establish some momentum and get back to normality, we were hit with the second wave which meant a number of participants missed out again. By supporting the schools and clubs during this time with the removal of fees it will allow communities to start to come back together again and go back to some normality post COVID.”

“We have had great support from Sport Hawkes Bay, Sport New Zealand, the local City Councils, sponsors and funders who have supported us throughout the tough last 8 months and allowed us to be in a position to offer this initiative.” Said Hogan

Anyone interested in looking to get into Miniball for Term 4 should talk to their school sports co-ordinator or contact Basketball Hawkes Bay through www.basketballhawkesbay.co.nz