Grassroots Basketball Backing The Boomers In Big Numbers

June 11, 2018 | Melbourne Boomers news

The connection between Melbourne and Victoria’s grassroots basketball clubs and associations with the elite level of their WNBL team, the Deakin Melbourne Boomers, continues to rise.

Last season 38 grassroots clubs and associations partnered with the Boomers to promote girls and women in basketball, a number set to rise to more than 50 this coming season.

Within the first few weeks of partnerships becoming available, more than 25 clubs and associations have already joined forces with the Boomers.

The Boomers are holding a free function on Wednesday June 13 at the State Basketball Centre for clubs and associations wanting to find out more about the partnerships. For further details, email alison@melbourneboomers.com.au

“It’s definitely exciting to see basketball at the grassroots and elite levels come together, they are partnerships we value extremely highly,” said Boomers GM, Justin Nelson.

“Every one of our players at the Boomers comes from the grassroots level, they all started out at a local club and progressed to the top level of the game. It’s a fact that’s not lost on us.”

The Boomers have already signed nine Victorians for the coming 2018/19 WNBL season with clubs and associations from across Melbourne and Victoria represented.

Amazingly, four Boomers come from the Latrobe Valley with three Traralgon natives and one player from Moe. The Boomers will play three pre-season games across the Latrobe Valley this September against Bendigo Spirit in the aptly named Triple Crown.

One of the main attractions to this season’s grassroots partnerships is the introduction of free 2-game junior memberships with all partnering clubs and associations set to pass the offer on to their junior players.

“Over the last few seasons we are seeing more junior players and their families at Boomers games, they are becoming very passionate supporters of Melbourne’s WNBL team and much of that support starts at the grassroots level,” said Nelson.

“Our partnering clubs and associations are all working extremely hard to recruit girls and to keep them playing basketball for longer. At the Boomers we are very passionate about playing our role, as are our players.

“Seeing the young kids connect with the Boomers players after every home game continues to be one of the most enjoyable things our members and fans experience.”

Club and association partnerships are now available Рemail alison@melbourneboomers.com.au for further details.

Memberships for season 2018/19 are now on sale – click HERE for further details.