The school holidays will be extra special for three basketball teams.
The 30-strong group of 17's and under women's squad, a senior womens squad and a youth men's team will travel to New Zealand on September 29 for a basketball tour hosted by Hoops for Health.
Hoops for Health owner and coach Emma Bramston, 34, said the tour was a development opportunity for the young players.
"Although most of the players are from Parramatta Basketball Association, it was open to anyone that wanted to develop as a player and get some experience playing against New Zealand," she said.
"They play differently to here. They still play hard, but they have such a respect for the game, they really play in the spirit of the game.
"They have such a rich culture of people caring about people, I think that comes through."
The teams will be staying together in maraes and competing in tournaments and exhibition matches in Whangarei, Auckland, Gisbourne and Rotorua.
Ploy Sananpa, 14, of Auburn, can't wait to take on the kiwis.
"It will be different to here because we aren't that physical, but in New Zealand the players are very physical and very tough."
Bernadette Makhlouf, 30, of Waterloo, went on the same tour last year.
"For a lot of us it was the first time experiencing the culture, especially by staying in the marae," she said.
"Staying in the marae means you get to know each other a bit better and can support each other. We eat, sleep and drink basketball."
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For more details about the Hoops for Health NZ Tours please click here.
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