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Youth Basketball Zone a success in South Auckland

Hours of free fun provided in our Basketball Youth Zone

In February 2022 a vacant store at Westfield Manukau was redesigned as a vibrant and safe basketball zone for youth to have fun in aftershool and during the school holidays. The vibrant space was open and free for all youth to enjoy between 2-5pm; with hours then extended to be daily during the April school holidays.

Retailer, Stirling Sports got involved and provided awesome prize packs which were awarded to the player of the day every Friday, and the Westfield team also handed out $10 Starbucks drink vouchers that we're popular with the visiting children.

On the last day of the school holidays, April 29th Westfield Manukau also partnered with Auckland Basketball Services to host skills workshops, with sessions tailored for disabled kids, 8-10-year-olds and 11-12-year-olds, with Danielle Egle-Bast, Chair of The Auckland Wheel Breakers making a special appearance on the day. It was a great to see the courts buzzing with young talent.

With such great community engagement, and subsequent interest from Auckland Basketball Services and the broader basketball community we’re now considering opportunities for a more permanent basketball facility as part of our Living Centre.

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