Improving female participation and breaking down barriers for indigenous and multi-cultural groups headline the focus for an extensive Legacy Program to be run across New South Wales in association with the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022.
Co-funded with the NSW Government and Basketball NSW, the NSW Legacy Program is being run as a pilot program for a wider legacy program to be rolled out nationwide, 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.
A major funding partner, Minister for Sport, The Hon. Dr Geoffrey Lee MP said: “With tournament ambassador and basketball legend Lauren Jackson AO having grown up in regional NSW, we have seen first-hand how important it is to provide opportunities across the State to empower participants to reach their potential.
“From delivery of a basketball-specific version of the Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered program, new 3×3 competitions and scholarships for aspiring female leaders in the sport, this investment will ensure people of all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to engage with one of the world’s most popular sports.”
With the role out already underway, Basketball NSW has teamed up with Indigenous Basketball Australia and Savannah Pride to work with indigenous and multi-cultural communities, as well as adding additional Program Managers and Development Officers to their existing structure to support the program delivery.
“We are grateful for the NSW State Government’s support in both securing and hosting the event and for funding the Local Legacy programs that underpin the national legacy programs across Australia,” Basketball NSW CEO Maria Nordstrom said.
“The Legacy Program is supporting the New South Wales Government’s strategic focus on women and girls in sport through the ‘Her Sport Her Way’ program and basketball’s goal to move towards gender equity. We also want to develop a new generation of female leaders for the sport over the legacy period.
“Furthermore, basketball in New South Wales is also focussed on growing the game and breaking down any barriers to participation for children from an indigenous and multicultural background, bringing basketball to every part of our state and making basketball everyone’s game.”
The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 – NSW Legacy Program pillars include:
– Female Leadership Scholarship Program
– Education and participation programs delivered in partnership with Indigenous Basketball Australia and Savannah Pride
– Delivery of basketball-specific ‘Daughters and Dads’ program
– Delivery of culturally specific ‘Daughters and Dads’ program delivered in partnership with Savannah Pride
– School Holiday programs delivered state-wide
– 3×3 Basketball tournaments delivered state-wide
The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 official logo for FIBA’s flagship women’s event was revealed along with the event ambassador, Lauren Jackson, in a ceremony held in Sydney to mark the 500 days to go milestone.
Media Release: FIBA