April 1, 2021 | Melbourne Boomers news

The Deakin Melbourne Boomers are excited to announce that leading property group Mirvac has joined the fold as the Naming Rights Partner of the Boomers Academy program.

Mirvac has committed to a three-year partnership with the Boomers Academy, which will allow the program to provide even more opportunities for kids to participate.

The Boomers Academy is for boys and girls aged 6-14 who want to learn about the game, improve their basketball skills, and gain confidence, in a fun and safe environment. It includes half and full day clinics and camps, as well as a Junior Academy program that runs for 6-weeks (an hour each week) offering more targeted, specific ongoing coaching.

While the Academy has been on a COVID hiatus over the last 12-months, it starts back up in the April school holidays, with a range of clinics being held at the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna South.

In further news, the Academy will be led and coached by Deakin Melbourne Boomers and Australian Opals star Tess Madgen, along with other Boomer athletes.

Madgen is a basketball superstar, having played in the WNBL since 2008, baring some stints overseas in Europe and in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury. A former Club Captain with the Boomers from 2012-2016, Madgen rejoined the Club for WNBL 20, and has signed for a further two years with the Boomers. Madgen is currently in the Australia Opals squad vying for a place in the team for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. Madgen’s brother, Jack, plays AFL for Collingwood

Quotes attributable to Deakin Melbourne Boomers General Manager Christy Collier-Hill

‘There is nothing better than seeing the excitement and joy of young girls who participate in these clinics when they meet their idols and develop a life-long passion for basketball. We are so excited for that to continue for another 3-years thanks to the support of Mirvac.’

‘Growing female participation in sport is all about building confidence and looking towards the future, and the Boomers Academy does exactly that.’

Quotes attributable to Mirvac General Manager of Residential Victoria, Elysa Anderson

‘Our communities are designed to bring people together and to inspire healthy living, which aligns with the Boomers Academy’s focus on creating opportunities for young people to engage in local sport and an active lifestyle from an early age.

We look forward to continuing our strong track record of reimaging urban life in an exciting future community coming to Wantirna South, where we plan to create a socially and environmentally sustainable neighbourhood for future generations’.