The Victorian State Labor Government has made a $126m election promise to invest in the development of the State Basketball Centre. The development includes 12 new courts (18 in total, including 2 for high performance), gymnasium facilities and expanded administration offices.
Further to the election promise, the NBL have confirmed the establishment of a 9th NBL franchise to be based at SBC with the team to begin competing in the 2019/20 season.
This announcement is the biggest investment in basketball infrastructure in Australian history and will further entrench Knox as the epicentre of Australian Basketball. Knox Council also are to be congratulated for their pledge of $25m to help develop the SBC precinct.
Knox Basketball’s humble beginnings started almost 50 years ago where 6 or so teams played basketball in a tin shed. Since that point, Knox Basketball has sustained extraordinary success, and now have over 11,000 members and 1200 teams that play more than 22,000 games per year.
Knox Basketball’s success has been the catalyst for Basketball Victoria and Basketball Australia to base their head offices at Knox as well as WNBL team Melbourne Boomers and now a new NBL franchise. Knox Basketball’s community achievements over decades is testament to strong core values including the important role we play in engaging with the community by providing girls and boys the opportunity to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
It is a credit to all Knox Basketball volunteers both past and present who have created an extraordinary footprint to attract the best that basketball can offer.
Knox Basketball would like to especially thank James Merlino and Daniel Andrews for their commitment to grass roots community sport and more specifically, basketball. This announcement offers outstanding opportunities for the youth of Knox Basketball.
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