Sydney Kings train local junior basketballers | gallery

More than 150 junior basketball players learnt ball skills from the best of the best at a school holiday clinic this week.

Sydney Kings hosted its Super Clinic program at Minto Indoor Sports Centre for the first time on Tuesday, July 10.

Sydney Kings players and Australian Boomers representatives Kevin Lisch and Brad Newley played basketball-inspired games to develop the juniors’ fundamental skills.

Children learnt ball handling, shooting, passing and defence.

Two Macarthur Basketball Association development coaches helped run the clinic.

Sydney Kings ran the program to increase interest in the basketball within the local community.

Community engagement manager Mary Costello said about half of the 150 juniors who attended the event were involved in Macarthur Basketball Association programs.

“A key aim of the super clinic was to include as many Macarthur players as possible, to ensure the local community benefited most from our event, while having the opportunity to engage with our players,” she said.

“Seeing 150 young players engaged in and excited about the sport of basketball and the Sydney Kings will always be our measure of success.

“This also included utilising Macarthur Basketball Association coaches to develop greater connections between our organisations and provide them with another development opportunity.

“Macarthur Basketball Association and its staff have been great supporters of the Sydney Kings and our partnership with Basketball NSW.

“We wanted to reciprocate that support by engaging with their local junior players and encouraging members of their local community to participate in their programs.”

The event is the third super clinic held as part of the off-season community development plan, to engage with grassroots players aged 5-14 across the Sydney metropolitan area.