Night Hoops for Northam teenagers

Teenagers from the Avon Valley will soon have a new social night to look forward to every weekend.

The Northam Shire and Northam PCYC have organised a basketball tournament Night Hoops, which will run every Saturday night from 7pm till late, for 12-18 year olds. 

WA Police have funded the project, which has been in the works since January.

PCYC acting centre manager Jane Atterby said she is excited for the first session.

“There is nothing for young people to do on a Saturday night, so we are providing an avenue for teenagers to have fun with their mates and socialise,” she said. 

“The tournament manager will be James West, who is ideal for the position.”

The night will involve a basketball match and workshops.

The workshops will be varied, with a mixture of different organisations and community members volunteering their time to the project. 

Jane said participants will get a free dinner and be dropped home when the competition wraps up. 

A bus will be coming through Baker's Hill, Wundowie and Clackline, picking up participants on the way. 

Another bus will come from Goomalling. 

The Wundowie Men’s Shed will be driving one bus load of teens on the night. 

The tournament will run for six weeks with a grand final at the end.

A second tournament will run in term four.

“It is run on volunteers,” said Jane. 

“We are still looking for people to help out.

“They can do one night and don’t have to do the whole six weeks.”

Players can register online at nighthoops.org. 

To enquire about volunteering, contact the Northam PCYC.