New Hope’s Aussie Hoops program a slam-dunk

8 June 2016

Quinalow State School students had a chance to shoot hoops with the pro’s last week thanks to New Hope’s Aussie Hoops program.

An initiative of Basketball Australia, and supported by New Hope across the local Oakey area, the program teaches students basic basketball skills at the same time as promoting healthy choices, teamwork and enhancing self-esteem.

New Hope Community and Landholder Liaison Officer Jamie Kemshead said the program is delivered by the Toowoomba’s Mountaineers leading players Erron Maxey, Estella Royo and assistant coach Marty Ford.

"Erron, Estella and Marty have all played professional basketball internationally so it was a real treat to have them out to Quinalow."

"A healthy, active lifestyle is a major focus across our workforce through our programs with LiveWell Australia so Aussie Hoops was a really good fit for us."

"New Hope’s Aussie Hoops program offers long-term benefits to the community by encouraging students to get involved in sports and teaching them how to work together as part of a team."

Jamie said Erron, Estella and Marty did a great job engaging the students and encouraged everyone to get involved regardless of their level of experience.

"The program caters for children in prep to year 5 and we’re really looking forward to bringing the program to other schools in the local area," he said.

Other schools involved with New Hope’s Aussie Hoops program include Haden State School, Jondaryan State School, Kulpi State School and St Monica’s Catholic Primary School.

If you’d like to get your school involved with New Hope’s Aussie Hoops program, please contact the New Hope Community Office on (07) 4691 3445.