Sydney Flames announce Harvey Norman roadshow to Newcastle
Elite basketball will be going regional in December after the Sydney Flames announced on Thursday that they’ll be going on a three-day tour to Newcastle.
During the December 1-3 Harvey Norman roadshow, the Hoops Capital side will partake in numerous activations to promote women’s basketball around the Hunter region.
Hoops Capital co-owner and chairman Paul Smith explained initiatives like this were crucial in continuing to grow basketball in New South Wales.
“Together with Harvey Norman we remain focussed on growing basketball in regional NSW, particularly for young women who are our future Flames,” said Smith.
“Bringing this initiative to the Hunter is an important step.”
The first port of call on the tour will be a visit to both Wallsend South Public School and Charlestown South Public School on Friday afternoon, where the Flames will conduct clinics with the students.
Saturday will then feature a visit to Bennetts Green’s Harvey Norman store in the morning, followed by a Flames training session open to invited coaches only.
The busy three days will wrap up on Sunday with a clinic and signing session at Newcastle Basketball Stadium in the morning.
“The Sydney Flames’ regional tours are at the heart of the Harvey Norman partnership with both the Flames and the Sydney Kings,” said Harvey Norman CEO Katie Page.
“We are excited to be launching the first tour to Newcastle and the Hunter region next month.
“Regional and rural Australians should have equal access to sporting excellence – whether it’s at a grassroots participation level or being entertained by the best of the best, playing basketball in your hometowns.
“The students of Wallsend South and Charlestown South Public Schools will have the thrill and inspiration of participating in the Sydney Flames’ clinics in person.
“Basketball is hugely popular across all ages and genders – it can be played one-on-one or as a team and it doesn’t require huge, dedicated spaces.
“The club’s clinics will build on the dreams of the students and school community showing them what it takes to play for the Sydney Flames.”
This road show, which the harbour city club hopes to build on in years to come, will see Newcastle junior Lara McSpadden and fellow NSW products Lauren Nicholson, Vanessa Panousis, Isla Juffermans, Carla Pitman, Abigal Curtin and Caitlyn Martin interact and inspire the next generation of Flames stars.
Keep an eye on the Flames’ website and social channels over the coming weeks for more information on this amazing tour.