By TRAVERTZ MABONE
THE Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea in conjunction with the Australian Sports Outreach Programme will be conducting a junior basketball development clinic for children in Port Moresby.
The junior basketball development programme for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 15 is scheduled for Feb 1-4 from 2pm to 5pm at the Sir John Guise stadium.
The development coordinator, Ronnie Mea, said yesterday that the programme they were looking at now was to prepare for the 2015 Pacific Games.
“Developing young talent now will play a crucial part for the Pacific Games, therefore we have sought assistance from the Australian government through the Australian Sports Outreach Programme.”
Through the programme, the Australian government has come good with a total of A$4,000 (K10,000) to fund the programme while BFPNG has allocated K500.
Mea said that if funding permits, he also hoped to see the programme extended to other centers in PNG.
Invitations are extended to children who wish to learn basketball skills, rules, refereeing, coaching and some fun games.
Already requests for the purchase of junior size basketballs, portable courts for children and information booklets have been made.
For participation in the program, interested children and students are asked to pay a participation fee of K10 per person on registration day.
Mea can be contacted on 3251991 or 72326825 to obtain further details.
The Australian government has again funded the programme through its sports development program – the Australian Sports Outreach Program – since last assisting the BFPNG in 2008 with the women and girls basketball programme.
Basketball Federation of PNG thanked the Australian High Commission for funding the programme and has extended an invite to any interested business houses to assist with funding.