Welcome to my second quarterly President’s message. It does not feel like three months ago since I sent out the last message, clearly time does fly when you’re having fun! There has been numerous positive things happening in and around the association, which I would like to share with you:
Domestic Competition Growth:
I am extremely proud to announce that this summer season we have a record 950+ teams registered in the domestic competition. This growth has been largely driven by new junior teams, which have grown by 10% compared with the winter season. These numbers would not be possible without the great work by the FDBA staff in promoting our sport via platforms like the Mini/Aussie Hoops, school camps, school basketball programs, and of course the wonderful work by our member clubs in continuing to grow their club membership. I am very confident that this growth will continue and soon we will have over 1,000 teams registered. Did you know? Over the last three years, our association has achieved the following impressive key statistics:
- Boys team growth of 33% (extra 98 teams)
- Boys participant growth of 26% (extra 692 players)
- Girls team growth of 46% (extra 67 teams)
- Girls participant growth of 39% (extra 498 players)
- The majority of the growth in both Boys and Girls competition is coming from under 8’s and 10’s
- We now have more females playing basketball in the region than are playing netball
- The association now schedules over 16,000 games per year, 8.5% increase over the last 3 years
- The FDBA is now the fourth largest basketball association in Australia
Club Delegates Conference:
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the annual Club Delegates Conference. It was wonderful to see so many passionate and committed volunteers managing our clubs, these people are doing an amazing job. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the association, without the dedication of selfless volunteers our clubs and association would not survive. There were numerous topics covered during the conference and it was pleasing to see the positive interaction between all involved. I would like to thank all clubs for participating in the conference and would like to acknowledge and congratulate Dion, Mitch and Bailey for organising the event.
Our Referee program continues to grow under the leadership of Referee Advisor Chris Morrey and the VBRA Frankston. We now have a sustainable 156-registered officials with an amazing 98 referees achieving an accreditation upgrade this year. The VBRA recently held their AGM and I would like to congratulate President Gaile Reid on her re-election for another term. I would also like to acknowledge and congratulate the deserving 2019 award recipients:
- John Holden Senior Referee of the Year: Josh Swaine
- Junior Referee of the Year: Ben Moscrop
- Merv Searle Award: Ben Foley
- Arthur Stone Most Improved: Montana Nayna
Further to the above, I would also like to congratulate Mo Walipoor who was recently awarded the
Allan Manhire Metropolitan Level 3 Referee of the year by Basketball Victoria.
Recently we completed much-needed upgrades on courts 2, 3 and 4 with the installation of new backboards and rings, these look fantastic. Work on courts 5 & 6 will commence soon and will include re-configuring both courts to allow proper runoff between the court 6 sideline wall and the baseline on both courts. Both courts will also receive new backboards and rings and all courts in the stadium will be sealed and polished in January. These improvements will cost the association approximately $200,000 however as I mentioned in my last newsletter we will continue to invest in areas that require improvement as we look to modernise our stadium.
On Tuesday 26th November, in conjunction with Headspace Frankston and the South East Melbourne Phoenix we held our inaugural Mental Health & Wellbeing session. It was fantastic to see over 300 players and family members attend the session, which was designed to provide education and support on mental health related issues. We will be conducting similar sessions in the future as we look to further our contribution to our members and the wider community.
Frankston City Council Meeting:
Last week we had the Mayor, Councillors and senior Management attend the stadium for a presentation on our five-year strategic plan, core values and the recent changes implemented at the FDBA. The purpose of the meeting was to re-engage with council and provide them with the confidence that the FDBA is heading in the right direction. The meeting was extremely positive and engaging, which was very pleasing to both parties. Frankston City Council are a key stakeholder of the FDBA and we will continue to work closely with council as we look to ensure the sustainability of the association.
I am pleased to announce the Frankston RSL have committed for a further 3 years as our corporate partner. Frankston RSL have been a partner of the FDBA for over 15 years and its exciting that our partnership will continue for at least another 3 years. I would like to thank Rob Morrison and the RSL Board of Management for their continued support of our association.
FDBA People’s Choice Award:
You would be aware that we recently introduced the FDBA People’s Choice Award. This award is to recognise a volunteer within the association who has shown outstanding commitment to the development of basketball in the region. Any volunteer can be nominated for the award, which recognises their contribution to the association over the past 12 months. The FDBA office has shortlisted eight nominations from all the submissions, which will then be voted on by the FDBA community. I would like to congratulate the following nominees for being successful in making final nominations.
- Abby Chernishoff
- Cindy Shacklock
- Louise Jungwirth
- Peter Cappel
- Richard Rault
- Tam Phillipe
- Tanya Canavan
- Zoe Fagan
Good luck to all nominees, all would be worthy winners.
I would like to acknowledge and thank the FDBA staff for their outstanding contribution to the association during 2019. Whilst we had a challenging start to 2019, I could not be happier and prouder of how the team have performed under the superb leadership of our General Manager, Wayne Holdsworth.
Wayne, Dion, Mitch, Daniel, Jarryd, Jennifer and Bailey have all been tremendous this year and deserve the acknowledgement for their hard work and tireless efforts, well done team.
Finally, On behalf of the Board of Management I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. I hope everyone enjoys the festive and holiday season and I looking forward to seeing you back at the stadium in 2020.
Merry Christmas and keep dribbling.