Basketball program a slam dunk for Federation students

BASKETBALL Australia highly successful and popular No School No Play program is helping the Jordan River Learning Federation engage and retain students.

Launched in 2010, No School No Play ran across eight national sporting organisations for two years, with the aim of promoting the value of education through the power of sport.  It has now been extended into the new financial year.

Jordan River Learning Federation entered the program last year as a means of engaging and retaining students in its educational program.

Jordann Gregg (USA import for Hobart Chargers Men’s SEABL team) and Craig Anderson (Basketball Tasmania) work with some of the boys on their skills.

Cluny Addis from JRLF said while it had expected the program to be beneficial, the Federation acknowledged it had been much more.

The NSNP program has delivered:

  • Increased fitness and health.
  • Basketball skills.
  • An understanding  of the value and strength of belonging to a team.
  • Listening skills.
  • A preparedness to take risks.
  • A willingness to share and value others.
  • The confidence to engage with mentors they see as role models.
  • The meaning of commitment.
  • New friendships across the grade groups.
  • New relationships with teaching staff and staff at the PCYC
  • A growing sense of self-worth and confidence.

The program operated out of the Bridgewater PCYC on Mondays and Wednesdays with support from Basketball Australia, Basketball Tasmania, the Bridgewater PCYC and various guest speakers as well as JRLF senior and middle school staff.

The students enjoyed basketball skill sessions run by Hobart Chargers imports from both the SEABL men and women’s teams.

They listened to guest speakers on everything from careers in sport, to cyber bullying, to health and nutrition and they made full use of the weights and fitness equipment at the PCYC.

During the course of the program students were also able to watch a Hobart Chargers training session and attend two very exciting SEABL men and women’s games.

They watched the players who were working with them star for their respective teams and then were able to spend time after the game chatting with their heroes.

“All of our students were enthusiastic participants in the program but in the case of the boys, they have become hard working and conscientious members of the inter schools basketball roster, “ Cluny said.