Over the past few weeks ABSL, Touch NZ and New Zealand Police have been delivering a free basketball programme for the community. The Clendon, Tamaki and Ranui Touched initiatives have provided great experiences for youth and older people in the community, as they have come together to participate in physical activity and help youth stay out of trouble.
The sport of basketball provides a sense of belonging as it helps develop positive relationships which may help those who are struggling. After interviewing ABSL community coach Peter Josephs, his experiences growing up in the streets of Otara and finding basketball as an avenue to stay out of trouble led him to get involved in this great initiative. To help change and positively affect lives of those who are going through similar experiences are motivating factors which helps get his message across.
Peter also mentioned that there are many children out there who have a lot of talent and play streetball but do not have an avenue to play in organised basketball. The aim of these initiatives is to help promote the sport of basketball but more importantly it is letting the youth/community know that anything is possible if you put your mind into it and stay focused.
If you are interested in checking out any of the Clendon, Tamaki or Ranui Touched initiatives you can check out their respective programme details below:
Clendon Touched – Every Thursday from 5.30pm - 8pm until 14th December
Te Matariki Clendon Community Centre
17 Palmers Rd, Manukau, Auckland 2103
Tamaki Touched – Every Friday from 5pm – 8pm until 15th December
Tamaki Recreation Centre
60 Elstree Ave, Glen Innes, Auckland 1072
Ranui Touched – Every Friday from 3pm-7.30pm until 15th December
Ranui Primary School
16 Ranui Station Rd, Ranui, Auckland 0612 School