Bounce Court Innovation Project for Central Australia
The Bounce Innovation courts are on their way to Central Australia. We have been working on an innovative basketball court project to install lightweight concrete panel systems as basketball courts in Aboriginal communities in Central Australia. As a first of its kind we have partnered with Styropanel using a lightweight concrete panel as used on Domestic Blitz to develop an innovative outdoor basketball court in the communities. The courts are ready to transport, with the initial court to be a 3×3 court in the Nyewente community and a full court to be delivered to APY- Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands for installation in 2019(Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara is a large Aboriginal local government area located in the remote north west of South Australia).
With the first 3×3 court to be installed in Alice Springs we are partnering with the Nyewente community where we have been delivering community programs since 2016. Nyewente Basketball Club support the initiative, championed by Indigenous research fellow, Ricky Mentha and former Adelaide 36ers development player, William Foster. Nyewente Basketball Club was established in 2011 and is a fully Aboriginal-controlled Club. The club is a grassroots Aboriginal sporting club with widespread community support and has been a key partner in delivering community projects in the region.
The young people from the local communities in Alice Springs are passionate about the sport of basketball and the court project will include community program initiatives engaging Indigenous coaches form the region to inspire positive change for the children and young people within the community.
Ian Heininger, Charity Bounce CEO, said that “the Nyewente community have achieved such positive outcomes with their young people and it has been a privilege to work together to deliver the community programs so far. We are excited about the court installation as this is the result of our dreaming together the first time we met in 2016, with Ricky Mentha and the whole Nyewente community having been such great partners. We are so grateful of all the opportunities we have had to work together to inspire positive change and these plans have come out of the community, for the benefit of the community, and with the community to benefit the next generation of children and young people. We are honoured to be partnering with Nyewente and to see the plans taking shape.”
A big thank you to all the volunteers and partners who have helped get the project off the ground with a special mention for Chris Munoz and the entire Styropanel team. We wouldn’t have been able to deliver this project without them and we would also like to thank the communities that have been willing to work with us on the project and the supporters that have made this possible, including companies such as Stryopanel, 21 Logistics, Dulux, Dynamic Sports Solutions, Kennards, and RMA Sports.
Charity Bounce is a not for profit organisation that exists to inspire positive change to overcome disadvantage for individuals and communities. With a focus on Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders and Culturally Diverse communities, including newly arrived refugees we aim to move people toward a more positive future through the development of sports, the arts, health, education and employment focused social programs. The programs are delivered in partnership with professional athletes to motivate change and inspire.
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