FWBWC22 / Media Release / NSW Legacy Program
Written by Jaylee Ismay
30 June, 2022

Basketball NSW in partnership with the NSW Government and the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup are excited to announce that Daughters & Dads Basketball is set to launch in Term 3 at Central Coast, City of Sydney, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, and Shoalhaven Basketball Associations.

All  programs running in Term 3 are the first Basketball programs of their kind being run in Australia.  As part of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup Legacy Program, Daughters & Dads Basketball has been developed by The University of Newcastle, in partnership with the Office of Sport and Basketball NSW. 

The Daughters & Dads Basketball program is targeted at primary school girls aged 7-12 years old and their dads (or father figure) who join in a combination of practical and education sessions running for 90 mins over 9 consecutive weeks focusing on the skills found within basketball. The program caters for all skill levels from non-basketballers to players.

Daughters & Dads attend weekly sessions together, focusing on:

  • Rough and tumble play, and ball handling;
  • Skill development (e.g., defensive skills, 1v1, shooting & finishing);
  • Fun modified basketball games;
  • Well-being education aimed at developing daughters’:
    • Bravery
    • Persistence
    • Resilience

Basketball NSW, CEO, Maria Nordstrom said she is thrilled to start rolling out this unique and exciting program to young females and male role models over the next few months. 

“It is exciting to rollout this new entry program for Basketball in 2022.  It is this first programming change we have had for quite some time in our sport.  We are looking forward to be working with members of our community to help increase the number of strong, powerful girls playing Basketball around NSW,” said Nordstrom.

“Research shows the influence of fathers on their daughters in sports participation. We can help reiterate the key strategies developed by University of Newcastle engaging fathers and daughters in basketball as well as assist in removing restrictive gender biases which can limit girls’ participation in sport. The sessions are built around a number of key attributes and there is no limit to what these young girls and their dads can learn from one another over the 9 week program and beyond.”

Are you a dad who wants to spend quality time with your daughter participating in fun physical activities, whilst learning how to improve her sport skills, confidence, self-esteem and resilience? Or if you want to find out more information, or to find out how you can run a program – please contact Rachel Herrick rachel.herrick@bnsw.com.au

Daughters & Dads Term 3 Registrations are open for Coffs Harbour Basketball Association, City of Sydney Basketball Association & Central Coast Basketball Association. 


74A Bray St, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Program dates: 18th July – 5th September
4:30 – 6:00 pm Mondays

Breakers Indoor Sports Stadium
Duffys Rd, Terrigal NSW 2260
Program dates: 20th July – 7th September
5:00 – 6:30 pm Wednesdays

Alexandria Park School
9-13 Park Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
Program dates: 19th July – 6th September
5:30 –  7:00 pm Tuesdays

Port Macquarie Indoor Sports Stadium
1 Hibbard Dr, Port Macquarie NSW 2444
Program dates: 23rd  July – 10th September
9:30 –  11:00 am Saturdays

Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre
90 Cambewarra Rd, Bomaderry NSW 2541
Program dates: 24th  July – 18th September
10:00 –  11:30 am Sundays

CLICK HERE to register.

NSW Legacy Programs:

Co-funded with the NSW Government and Basketball NSW, the NSW Legacy Program is being run as a pilot program for the wider legacy program being rolled out nation-wide, and internationally.

Delivered by Basketball NSW across the next three years, the Strategic Legacy Program in New South Wales will include sport development, female-specific participation programs, female leadership programs, indigenous participation programs as well as better access to play and participate in basketball for residents in regional and remote areas of New South Wales.

The Legacy Program is supporting the New South Wales Government’s strategic focus on women and girls in sport through its Her Sport Her Way Strategy and basketball’s goal to move towards gender equality.

NSW Legacy Program Pillars:

  • Female Leadership Scholarship Program
  • Education and participation programs delivered in partnership with Indigenous Basketball Australia and Savannah Pride.
  • Delivery of a basketball-specific ‘Daughters and Dads’ program.
  • Delivery of culturally specific ‘Daughters and Dads’ program delivered in partnership with Savannah Pride.
  • School holidays programs delivered state-wide
  • 3×3 Basketball Tournaments delivered state-wide


To learn more about the NSW Legacy Programs CLICK HERE