Bonding over basketball a winner

Published 10:30am 13 April 2021

Bonding over basketball a winner
Words by Jodie Powell

Queensland Youth Week runs until April 18. It’s a chance to celebrate young people in our community making a difference and to shine a light on what we can do to support those in need.

In recent months, the narrative around young people has been pretty negative, but there’s plenty happening in our community to change that and provide help to youth who need it.

Redcliffe Police have started a new basketball program aimed at strengthening bonds between police and young people and it's proven a big hit.

Moreton District Crime Prevention Unit Officer in Charge Sergeant Sarah Grayson says the free five-week program at Scarborough attracted about 20 young people.

“It’s been a great start for a new program,” Sen-Sgt Grayson says.

“The kids think it’s fantastic the police are doing something to engage with local youth on a different level – it’s creating teamwork and a sense of belonging.”

Sen-Sgt Grayson says professional basketball coach Craig Rowe and Queensland Cricket had worked on ball skills with those who attended and the opportunity to try two different sports was popular.

See some of the action in our gallery below:

The program culminated in a series of fun three-on-three matches between police and young people, she says.

It will run again next term from week two, and will expand from five weeks to seven.

The free fun will be on Fridays, 3-30-5.30pm at the Scarborough Basketball Court near Kennedy Esplanade. Light refreshments will be provided.

See more images from the final clinic below:

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