The ABA is a school retention program designed for students in year 10,11,12, The students complete a Cert 3 in fitness while the practical component of basketball is designed to engage the students on a different level, this level assists with engagement and school attendance.
The Sport4Everyone funds will be spent on a 3 on 3 basketball tournament in Adelaide for 300 Aboriginal students based all over the state including remote areas such as Ceduna, Coober Pedy, Mount Gambier. Tournament will be for males and female students in years 10,11,12 The teams will be school-based and the day will also be supported by service providers and healthy lifestyle activities.
There is a huge gap in females playing sport in their teenage years compared to their male counterparts and this in increased in the Aboriginal community. ABA requires a platform to reach out to the Aboriginal community and create positive experiences, apply learners and show the importance of education and basketball. By ABA students conducting clinics to their Aboriginal peers; this will increase uptake and long-term participation in future years. These clinics will give our current ABA students opportunities to apply want they have learnt over the course year, build confidence and pride, as well as strong young Aboriginal leaders.