Basketball tribes come to Coast

Young people from different areas of the Hibiscus Coast will soon have the opportunity to play basketball against each other with a new structure starting next term.

Hibiscus Coast Basketball president Dan Bungard says forming four new basketball “tribes” in the area is a way to cope with growth in the current club, Rise Up Basketball which currently has around 40 members.

The structure will have Rise Up Basketball as a hub, with four new entities focused on providing a basketball outlet for players in Year 7 and 8 from local schools. The new tribes will be in Orewa, Millwater and Whangaparaoa as well as an all-girls club, also based in Whangaparaoa.

He says the tribes will provide a bridge between school and representative play as well as enabling local young people to compete against other Coasties.

“We’re a family orientated community and we love playing against our mates,” Dan says.

The desire to provide support and pathways for girl players, is why they will have their own tribe with coaches and leaders also female.

The new structure will be in play starting in Term 4.

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