Young Indigenous Basketball Academy

The Young Indigenous Basketball Academy is a skills, mentoring and support program designed to assist in the development of basketball pathways while supporting improvements in educational engagement and outcomes and employment opportunities for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander basketballers.  YIBA will provide access to elite coaching and playing pathways for its members, as well as supporting their school based academic and sporting outcomes through targeted coaching and mentoring.  It will be comprised of two squads of 13-17 year old boys and girls with a minimum of 15 in each squad.  Starting in August 2017 in Brisbane, we are currently seeking interest from those who are interested in joining.

basketball pathways

  • Monthly 3-hour specialist basketball coaching and mentoring training sessions.
  • Two-day elite camps run each school holidays.
  • Trial games throughout the year.
  • Support engaging with local basketball associations to join clubs with the goal of reaching representative junior and senior sides such as SBL & QBL teams and beyond.

health, fitness &
well-being support

Monthly support on topics such as nutrition, health and fitness & mental health by leading local sporting, educational and health organisations.

Each player will have initial fitness testing and monitoring throughout the program.  Other fitness and wellbeing activities will include yoga, boxing and strength & conditioning circuit work.

education & employment pathways

With the assistance of the College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research, University of Southern Queensland, academy members are mentored on higher education pathways.

Career pathway mentoring with companies who have active Indigenous Employment Recruitment Programs.