The Southern Basketball Association (SBA) based in Bayside has more than 10,000 players in 750 teams and coordinates more than 12,000 games per year.
Basketball in Bayside includes a range of programs providing a pathway from school and junior grassroots development, through to elite, representative competition. It also offers programs for players with special needs as well as coach and referee programs.
SBA is located in Tulip Street, Cheltenham where it has access to four basketball courts. This represents a significant undersupply to meet current demand and with membership increasing each year, has resulted in:
- Inability to accept senior domestic teams with a waiting list now in place
- Inability to provide training facilities for junior domestic competition
- Very limited ability to admit new teams to junior domestic competition.
In addition, the growing demand for court time results in SBA needing to hire additional courts at other venues across Bayside and within neighbouring municipalities.
A 2014 needs assessment identified that an additional four to five indoor courts are required in Bayside to meet current and future participation levels until 2031. Basketball participation rates in Bayside are consistent with Australian and Victorian averages, however the supply of courts is lower within Bayside and surrounding municipalities, in comparison to other areas of metropolitan Melbourne.
Council has developed a concept plan for new basketball facilities incorporating:
- Four additional indoor courts to meet current community needs;
- Viewing areas, change areas, a kiosk, administration and storage spaces;
- Car parking and revised line marking with minimal interruption to existing vegetation;
- Reconfiguration of the existing four courts to ensure court run-offs meet relevant standards (in Stage 2).
The concept plan incorporates improved landscaping features including paths, outdoor seating and enhanced integration with the surrounding park.
The estimated cost for the works is $13.9 million, with the establishment of the additional four courts at a cost of $8 million as the Stage 1 priority. Council is committing $4 million to the project and seeking state government funding of $3 million. The Southern Basketball Association has committed an initial $1 million to the project. Support is also being sought for a major grant application to the State Government’s Better Indoor Stadiums Fund.
New basketball facilities in Bayside will:
- Provide greater capacity to recruit more players including expanding the girls competition;
- Opening up of the senior competition including women’s teams
- Provide training for the domestic competition and the development of new game formats including 3 on 3
- Efficient use of human, physical and financial resources i.e. referees, volunteers, administration, storage
- Ability to create a social/club atmosphere
- Convenience for parents who may have a number of children playing in different age groups, resulting in efficiencies in travel costs, congestion on roads and travel time
- Ability to provide teams with both competition and training activities at the one venue
- Take the pressure off alternative venues also being sought by basketball associations in other municipalities.