Fun is name of game in developing court skills
EIGHT schools, featuring 340 primary school children, enjoyed last Friday's fun day at the Ipswich basketball stadium.
Lots of noise and plenty of enjoyment was generated as children competed at the Skills for Schools Fun Development day.
The event was a joint initiative of the Australian Government Active After School Communities program and the Ipswich Basketball Association.
Schools organised teams of eight, which consisted of four boys and four girls, from years 3-6.
Teams were put through a variety of activities and competitions involving basketball skills like dribbling, shooting and ball skills. A game of basketball followed.
"To see so many children having a go laughing and cheering on their teammates was fantastic," AASC regional co-ordinator Rodney Coxsedge said.
"We had plenty of the Ipswich Force QBL players acting as ambassadors for each school and going around helping and encouraging the children in the activities.
"We also ran a celebrity team versus two children's all-star teams.''
The celebrity team featured QBL players Nadeen Payne and Emma Langford, AASC staff, sponsors and QT sports writer Jay Buchan.
"The celebrities and all stars teams competed in a couple of skills and shooting events and with the crowd full of school children cheering loudly, their all star sides managed to get up over the celebrities," Coxsedge said.
The winning schools for the day were West Moreton Anglican College's grade 3-4 team and Grandchester State School in the 5-6 division.
"Both schools took home 10 basketballs for their schools and each child received a winner's bag from the Commonwealth Bank,'' he said.
"The day showed just how hard the Active After School Communities is working in the local community and sporting organisations in trying to get more children physically active and hopefully showing them how much fun sport can be.
"From this day children have been exposed to the sport of basketball and can now go on to join the Aussie Hoops or local basketball competitions that the Ipswich Basketball Association runs."
Schools involved in last Friday's Active After School Communities Ipswich basketball event: West Moreton Anglican College, Marburg State School, Grandchester State School, Brassall State School, Mt Crosby State School, Ipswich West State School, Leichhardt State School and Bethany Lutheran Primary School.