The Adelaide 36ers’ have agreed to a collaborative agreement with Basketball South Australia (BSA) that will see NBL side move training venues and align with grassroots clubs.
The introduction of the clubs new ambassador program is set to strengthen the club’s connection to grassroots basketball by aligning each 36ers player with a Premier League club.
The club’s ambassador will attend club events, presentations, games and assist at trainings.
As part of a collaborative agreement, Basketball SA’s affiliate members including District Clubs, SA Country and SA Church will enjoy discounted tickets to 36ers’ home games.
Sixers’ CEO, Ben Kavenagh, said the partnership allows the club to build greater engagement with the basketball community.
“The community is at the heart of what we do and we are excited to work with Basketball South Australia to strengthen the relationship between grassroots and the elite,” he said.
Basketball SA’s CEO, Phil Sinnott, is thrilled to work with the 36ers and provide a rejuvenated venue for their training.
“We are also looking forward to working with the Adelaide 36ers to promote basketball in this state, as well as connecting our juniors with their basketball idols on the courts of Adelaide.
“We’ve been really fortunate with the support of State Government, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and the West Adelaide Basketball Club, to enhance the facilities available at Port Adelaide to include new score tables, and improved amenities, in addition to the installation of three new basketball floors,” he said.
Kavenagh said the club was spoilt for choice when selecting from BSA’s premium stadium facilities.
“We are extremely impressed with the high-quality stadium facilities Basketball SA manages.
“After thorough inspections, Joey and the team have chosen to train predominately at Port Adelaide, thanks to the exceptional court surface upgrade.
“We will also use BSA’s facilities at Wayville and Marion sporadically throughout the season,” he said.
The 36ers’ will start the 2019-20 pre-season today at their new training home, the Port Adelaide Recreation Centre.