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Basketball shoots and scores with kids

Australian Islamic College

Image: Students from the Australian Islamic College in Perth enjoying a recent Aussie Hoops program with coach Colin Driscoll from Perth Basketball Association.

There’s a host of new students shooting hoops in Perth this year thanks to Sporting Schools.

Such was the success of basketball’s Aussie Hoops program last term, the Australian Islamic College went on to run a tournament for boys and girls in Years 4- 6.

It has even entered teams in the 2018 School Slam series run by Basketball WA.

Nuria Ushoroff, the Health & Physical Education Coordinator, says the program was a “great success”, resulting in many positive social benefits.

“It gave students the chance to learn and engage with someone from outside of the school,” she says. “The Australian Islamic College has a lot of multi-cultural diversity and [coach] Colin [Driscoll] did a great job engaging with all the children involved in the clinics.”

“They responded positively and improved in their skills, their teamwork and confidence.”

Ushoroff says she chose basketball as it was a sport that all the students were interested in.

“Students are always asking to borrow basketballs to play with at recess and now each class has a basketball to keep in their classes,” she says.

“The program has given the students more engagement in the sport and we were lucky to have Sporting Schools give us the grant to run this program. The students definitely enjoyed it and gained so much from the clinics.

Basketball WA’s Community Programs Officer Krittika Divadkar says the success of the Aussie Hoops program was a “huge win” for the school, local association and the Sporting Schools program.

Ushoroff says the school tries to promote the benefits of physical activity so children go home passing on the same message.

“Parents are coming on board and getting behind their students to participate in physical activity at school,” she says.

“[However] I think for most families it is finding that extra time in their daily lives to make it a priority, with many other things to do around their homes.”

Sporting Schools is a $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a Basketball program at your school? Check out all the details on the Basketball Australia page.

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