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Midnight Basketball bounces back

Midnight Basketball

Midnight Basketball is a popular initiative

Hot on the trail of last season’s success, the popular Midnight Basketball will return to Liverpool on Friday, October 17 at the Michael Wenden Leisure and Aquatic Centre with workshops and recreational activities.

Midnight Basketball is a national, community-run program in which a range of local organisations and businesses come together to provide positive activities for young people in the community.

The eight-week tournament, which is open to young people aged 12 to 18 years, will include a range of living skills workshop relevant to young people such as drug awareness, cyber safety, team building and job readiness, as well as safe recreational activities.

“These activities are a great way of counteracting anti-social behaviour, using the appeal of basketball to provide safe, healthy and socially inclusive environments,” Liverpool Mayor Mannoun said.

The free program ran for the first time earlier this year and received approximately 100 registrations which was way above the 60 player capacity.

“Essentially, the program focuses on social inclusion and breaking down barriers between youth in the community,” the Mayor said.

“Council is always looking to engage with local youth and this high energy, active and fun night provides opportunities for young people to get involved in basketball, make positive life choices and meet new people.”

The program, which has received great support from volunteers, police, local schools and TAFE, will run its next tournament until December 5 from 7:30pm to midnight.

“I welcome everyone in the community to get involved in this great tournament which is a natural catalyst for positive social change,” the mayor said.

For more information, please visit www.midnightbasketball.org.au/Liverpool or contact Derek Tweed on 9821 7753.

 

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