By TRAVERTZ MABONE
THE Australian government has again given a total funding of A$4,350 (K10,907) for junior basketball development programme through its sports development programme, the Australian Sports Outreach Programme.
The Basketball Federation of PNG in collaboration with the Australian Sports Outreach Programme and the PNG Sports Foundation southern region unit will be conducting the development programme for children aged eight to 15 years.
The programme will start from next Monday to Friday during the school holidays.
In an earlier interview development coordinator Ronnie Mea said: “Developing young talent now will play a crucial part for the Pacific Games and other junior competitions, therefore we have sought for assistance from the Australian government through the Australian Sports Outreach Programme.”
Already requests for junior size basketballs, portable courts for children and information booklets have been purchased to host the event.
The development programme will be hosted at the Sir John Guise Stadium and will run from at 8:30am to 12:30pm.
Invitations are extended to children who wish to learn basketball skills, rules, have some fun games, refereeing and coaching.
All children are encouraged to come in their proper sportswear, including footwear and a water bottle.
Interested children and students are asked to pay a participation fee of K5 per person on registration day.
To obtain further details, contact development coordinator Mea on 3251991.
The Australian government has again funded the programme through its sports development programme – the Australian Sports Outreach Programme since assisting the BFPNG in 2008 with the women and girls basketball programme and the first junior development programme in 2007.
The BFPNG wishes to thank the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby for continuing the funding of the programme.