THE LEGACY CONTINUES: BNSW UNVEILS EXCITING PLANS FOR I AM A GIRL IN 2024

I AM A GIRL
Written by Jaylee Ismay
6 December, 2023

Basketball NSW’s is thrilled to unveil a series of initiatives set to redefine the landscape of women’s basketball with the  “I AM A GIRL” Program transitioning into a new look and feel program from 2024.

During the past three years of the “I AM A GIRL” Program, we have seen a remarkable 8700 girls step onto the court through the Come & Try programs, spanning over 250 activations across NSW.

For 82% of these participants, it marked their inaugural start into the world of basketball. Astonishingly, 23% of these girls have transitioned into regular players, a testament to the program’s impact. With an average age of 11, and 11% identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, the program has been a beacon of inclusivity.

These statistics, however, transcend mere numerical representation. They embody the experiences and opportunities bestowed upon each girl who embraced the sport through the program. This achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering support of associations, councils, community groups, and the dedicated coaches who generously contributed their time to the cause.

In a significant development for 2024, Basketball NSW proudly introduces Isla Juffermans as the I AM A GIRL Program Ambassador. Hailing from Coffs Harbour, Isla’s journey from a NSW junior representing NSW Country at numerous National Championships to a Development Player with the Sydney Flames and committing to the University of Louisville in 2024 is nothing short of inspirational. Her story is set to resonate with girls across NSW, illustrating that indeed, girls can do anything.

The program will also be refreshed with a new logo and program outline with now two options for young females to participate in with ‘Come & Try’ and ‘Come & Play’.

Come & Try is targeted at newcomers to the game, and will include a two-hour basketball skills session and a newly branded IAAG T-shirt. 

Come & Play is directed at girls who have previously played or attended a Come & Try session that builds upon their basketball foundation. These three-hour sessions offer skills, drills and gameplay. These registered participants will also receive a new IAAG reversible. 

The ‘I AM A GIRL ‘Heroes’ Program will also be consolidated with the newly announced Under 13 Challenges which will celebrate players who are trailblazers who have achieved success at the highest international level, such as the Olympic Games or World Championships as an Opal. This will see ties in with both the Annie La Fleur & Suzy Batkovic Challenge. Click HERE for more information on the Challenges. 

Additionally, the a new Capacity Building program will be introduced which aims to mentor and provide learning opportunities for female coaches, referees, and managers within the NSW basketball community. More information on how to be involved will be released in 2024. 

Basketball NSW eagerly anticipates the continuation of its legacy, with a primary focus on creating more opportunities and enriching experiences for the women and girls of NSW. 

Plans for 2024 are already in motion, and associations interested in hosting any of these programs are encouraged to reach out to Rachel Herrick, Program Manager Women and Girls rachel.herrick@bnsw.com.au 

Basketball NSW would also like to thank our previous partners of the I AM A GIRL Program (2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, Office Of Sport & NSW Government). 

We are excited to usher in a new era for women’s basketball here in New South Wales and we hope to see plenty of young females join us as part of our rebranded I AM A GIRL Program.

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