The Parramatta Advertiser 26th March, 2013
AUSTRALIA'S future basketball stars are being developed in Lidcombe,
thanks to a creative new program.
Hoops for Health was started in 2011, with the aim of targeting athletes from the grassroots through to high performance representatives.
Owner and coach Emma Bramston, 33, said the main targets were children aged six to 12, who they worked with through a modified basketball game called RunBall.
"It teaches the kids really general concepts of basketball without complexity," she said.
"It's really fun; any kid can pick it up and play. It's something that can be run in schools and done straight away."
The company also runs high performance sessions for beginners, intermediates and elite athletes at Auburn Basketball Centre on weekends and runs school holiday camps.
Bronwyn Lewis, of Toongabbie, said her daughter Angel Cassidy, 10, started playing after her friend Moana "Moey" Tuala, 8, encouraged her to attend.
"It's good for fitness and got them moving without thinking it's fitness," she said.
"She's playing at zone level for school and started playing rep this year for under 12."
For the girls, playing is just about having fun.
"We get to learn things and it's good for your body," Moey said.
"At first I wasn't really sure, but when I got started I really liked it and I am getting better every week," Angel said.
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