Sport

Wildcats back in junior rep competition after seven years

AT the forefront of basketball in Cumberland, the Auburn Basketball Centre has been home to the Parramatta Wildcats Basketball Association for well over 40 years.

The Wildcats have thrived since becoming an independent Basketball Club in 2013 and gone from strength to strength in their growth and community development in the Cumberland arena.
“Despite the hiccup with Covid-19 in 2020, we were able to still hold our October school holiday camp and with Covid-19 procedures in place, we are giving the locals a place to play a great sport,” general manager Dawn Burke said.
“We provide camps to give the kids some exercise, fun and fitness prior to going back to school.
“We figure they are better off dribbling a ball in the basketball centre than sitting at home in front of an electronic game.
“For us, it’s not about making profit off families; it’s about opening our doors to our local community and helping families to afford a safe place for their kids to have exercise and fun.”
In 2021, the Wildcats will join the independent group, the Metropolitan Basketball Alliance, and participate in junior representative competitions for the first time since 2013.
This goes hand in glove with the Senior Dooleys’ sponsored Ultimate Basketball League (UBL) that plays in the summer months at the Centre and the UBL Young Guns league that plays between March and July each year.
“Dooleys are a great community champion of our local sporting achievements,” Burke said.
“Cumberland Council has also been very supportive of the Association and its dedication to provide great sporting opportunities for local children and adults.”
To find out more or register for a team or training session, go to parramattawildcats.basketball.

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