Port Augusta Inclusive Basketball

MORE Port Augusta kids are getting the opportunity to play competitive sport, thanks to a volunteer-run basketball program.

Inclusive Basketball gives local children living with a disability the chance to strut their stuff on the sporting stage.

Emily Holden is part of a small group of parents and volunteers to get the idea off the ground.

She said its the first time many of the participants have had the opportunity to be involved with local sport, in an environment specifically catered to their abilities.

“It’s all about participation,” Ms Holden said.

“Kids that are capable of more will get picked up on more things, and the children playing realise when they have to stand back and give someone else a go.

“If a child carries the ball from one end to the other and shoots a goal, that’s ok.”

The six-week program is a hit with children, parents and volunteers, judging by the smiles sweeping across every corner of the Central Oval complex on Tuesday night.

Ms Holden said while the focus is purely on fun and participation, the improvement in skill over the six weeks has astounding.

She said much of that is thanks to the volunteers giving their time for the kids.

“The people volunteering running the basketball side of things are people who have got 30 years of basketball experience, but also experience with our kids,” Ms Holden said.

“Some of them work at the special school, some have been involved with coaching.

“It’s something we really need to promote ... because other families out there don’t realise it would be suitable for their kids.”

The group is committed to running another program next year during the basketball off season during term two and three.

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