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Goonengerry students ‘bouncing’ for Basketball

Goonengerry students bouncing for Basketball

Image: Goonengerry Public School students enjoying basketball in Byron Bay. 

Shooting hoops has quickly become a favourite break-time activity for the students at Goonengerry Public School who can’t get enough of their Sporting Schools basketball program.

A small school situated in the Byron Bay hinterland, Goonengerry Public School has a mere 42 students who do not regularly get to opportunity to participate in organised sport.

“Our students do not participate in any regular/organised sporting activity so this was a great opportunity to get them interested,” Principal Tracey Barnes said.

“The local basketball competition has had a big resurgence in popularity and Nash Campbell who is a local coach and player was more than happy to share his expertise and skill with our students,” she said.

Towering over the students at more than 6-feet tall, Nash delivered a basketball program for the Goonengerry students in Term 2, running two skill sessions every week for a total of 8 weeks.

“The basketball program we delivered was fabulous and really well received by the kids.  Nash was knowledgeable and great with the kids; it is great to have quality instruction,” Tracey said.

“The bouncing noise is driving us nuts! We also used some of the funding to get new equipment for the court and students. We purchased sets of balls in a variety of sizes, installed new backboards onto the existing asphalt surface, and marked a court,” she said.

Nash is due to come back to the school to host some further session with the students in order to help put all the skills they learnt into a game situation.

“Our staff are going to continue to further develop basketball skills during our daily fitness sessions and hopefully get a competition going during lunchtimes now that we have the new court set up,” she said.

“The experience has been very positive for our school with students looking for basketballs during recess and lunch breaks. We are also hopeful that some of our older students will participate in the next local basketball competition,” Tracey said.


Sporting Schools is a $100 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