What is Walking Basketball?
Walking Basketball was introduced as a means to provide an alternative program that allowed seniors to play basketball as a form of gentle exercise. It allows people to stay involved in the sport they may have been apart of for some time, or to try a new sport altogether, and learn new skills.
Not only does it allow participants to be physically active, but to also reduces social isolation and increases community inclusion. Participants of Walking Basketball can also participate in a fun, safe environment while maintaining their zest for life and confidence in their abilities.
The only rules to the game is simply, no running!
Who can participate?
Walking Basketball is for anyone, and everyone!
All abilities and ages are welcome. Beginners right through to seasoned ballers!!
Walking Basketball is a fun, safe and social way to get your exercise in. Grab your friends and come join the fun!
WALKING BASKETBALL PILOT PROGRAMS
In conjunction with Family and Community Services, Basketball NSW are providing our member associations the opportunity to apply for funding in order to assist in the facilitation of Walking Basketball Pilot Programs.
The funding will support our affiliate members as endorsed providers in running a six week introductory pilot program. In the first round, a number of associations were awarded the funding to launch Walking Basketball, with a further five associations being offered to begin in early 2019.
Originating in Victoria, Walking Basketball is a fun, social way for participants to be remain active. It offers a low impact alternative to exercise for participants of all abilities. For our associations, it is a way to connect to the broader community through social inclusion, increase members and greater overall enjoyment.
“On the back of it’s great success in round one, we are more than excited to offer the opportunity to a further five associations to register their interest in the program and begin Walking Basketball to help engage local community groups in fitness, social engagement and in the fostering friendships,” Inclusion officer, Rachel Herrick.
The sessions last for 60 minutes and are made up of warm up, skill based drills and ‘game play’. Sessions are designed to be adaptable based on the participants skill level, fitness and mobility. Following the sessions, morning tea is provided to make it an enjoyable social outing, rather than just exercise.
In return, associations must be able to supply the following:
– Court space for 1 hour
– A coach – prior coaching experience in this space is not required. Training will be provided. A an open mind, and a good sense of humour is a good start !
– A full acquittal of the funds, evaluation from coaches and the association. Feedback from participants.
Expressions of Interest- email Rachel Herrick at [email protected]
How do I get involved?
If you are looking to participate in Walking Basketball – fill out the details and we will put you in touch with your closest provider.
Want to become a provider? Please fill out the Expression of Interest – and we will be in touch!!