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Council partners with Boomers

Participation in sport across the outer eastern suburbs is the big winner out of an historic new partnership announced by Council and leading Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) Club, the Deakin Melbourne Boomers.

The partnership over the next five years will deliver unprecedented access to elite female sport, while supporting a host of Council community engagement activities and initiatives across Knox.

Through its partnership with the Boomers, Council aims to strengthen the ongoing elite basketball program at Knox Regional Sports Park (KRSP) to further reinforce its position as Victoria’s premiere basketball facility.

While boosting participation in local sport is a key objective of the partnership, of equal importance will be the availability of Boomers’ players to encourage and inspire budding athletes of the future – in particular girls and women.

This will involve Boomers’ player appearances at community activities and events across Knox. Fostering the growth and development of female participation in sport at a grass roots, regional and elite level will be a key focus of the Boomers’ involvement with Council’s community activities.

Mayor Jake Keogh said Council was thrilled with the partnership.

‘This partnership will deliver unprecedented access to elite female sport in outer eastern Melbourne, cementing the status of the Knox Regional Sports Park as the state’s premiere basketball facility, and engaging Boomers’ players and administrators as part of Council’s wider community engagement activities,’ Mayor Keogh said.

Chair Deakin Melbourne Boomers Tony Hallam said the Boomers were honoured to enter into this milestone partnership with Council, allowing the team to put more resources into player and coach development, securing the sustainability of the club.

‘The Boomers have a bright future ahead, both on and off the court. The investment will have a direct impact on the Knox community through Council programs and on game day – showcasing and giving access to positive role models that young girls and boys can look up to,’ Mr Hallam said.

News of the partnership follows the announcement by the State Government last year of $82 million of funding for the expansion and upgrading of the Knox Regional Sports Park, including a new show court and upgraded facilities for the Boomers. Council will contribute a total of $25 million towards the project, which will deliver:

  • Ten new community courts for local basketball competitions;
  • A new gymnastics facility suitable for regional level competition; and
  • Conversion of existing 5-a-side soccer pitches to one full size field and six new 5-a-side pitches, as well as extension to the existing pavilion.

As ‘Melbourne’s team’, the Deakin Melbourne Boomers is the oldest WNBL Club, home to more Olympians and Opals than any other team, and the longest running elite-level women’s sports team in Australia.

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