Tuesday, March 1, 2016
What a great start to the year for basketball in the Bay. Rotorua hosted the New Zealand Maori Nationals with over 90 teams participating from around the Country. Tauranga was represented by six teams under the Te Maru o Mauao ki Tauranga Moana banner. All the teams and the entire group performed exceptionally well with the Under 15 and Under 13 Boys both winning national titles.
Also over summer 3x3 events have been happening around the Bay of Plenty, including Whakatane and Opotiki and these events look certain to grow in popularity and scale.
The representative programmes underway with Tauranga City Basketball have broken records with seventeen this year. The Bay will be represented by 25 teams at the Mel Young Easter Basketball Classic, which this year will be held in both Rotorua and Tauranga due to the size of the event and the facilities in Tauranga not being able to cater for all the participants.
A stadium and other facilities in Tauranga are a hot topic at present. Basketball facilities are not featuring in the public discussion at present. Basketball is however outgrowing the City’s facilities and Tauranga City Basketball have started discussing with Council the provision of more space.
New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council statistics show basketball is the fastest growing major sport in the Bay of Plenty, and New Zealand with growth of 31% in the Bay of Plenty in the past three years and 10% nationally.
Pathways and possibilities for New Zealand’s basketballers both male and female continue to grow. It is great for Tauranga City, that Basketball is able to bring some of these opportunities in the Bay of Plenty and bring the economic spin off from hosting events here. I hope you get the opportunity to come and support the local sides playing here in events throughout the year.
Yours in Basketball.
General Manager – Tauranga City Basketball.
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