Moulden Primary School are trialling the Champions League Basketball program for schools – CLB 3×3.
CLB 3×3 is a fast paced, exciting competition and different to the original game of basketball, featuring 3 players per side and only using a half court.
The Northern Territory is the first jurisdiction to trial the program, developed as an online coaching resource.
CLB Executive Member and former NBL star who captained the Australian Boomers, Jason Smith said “We are very proud to have launched our CLB 3×3 pilot program with Moulden Primary School and have received some great feedback from students and facilitators”.
“Our program will be the first interactive 3×3 online program to make its way to primary schools across Australia, starting with the Northern Territory, and we are very excited about that,” Mr Smith said.
CLB 3×3 for schools is a national program that will be available to all primary schools throughout Australia from 2017.
Moulden Primary School acting principal, Petrina Hayward said “We have ten classes with students from Years 2 to 6 participating and the feedback has been extremely positive”.
“CLB 3×3 gives our students the opportunity to develop their sportsmanship, leadership and resilience skills whilst being actively involved in basketball,” Ms Hayward said.
“Developing these skills within the context of a team activity is essential for them to prosper in life well after they finish school.”
Year 6 student Sophie Elmy said “It’s something new and is exciting to play”.
“I love that everyone wants to join in and get involved. When playing 3×3 basketball, the team is smaller and you need to talk to each and plan your moves,” said Miss Elmy.
3×3 basketball was first introduced at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has been growing in popularity right across the world.
3×3 is being considered as an official sport in the 2020 Olympic Games, giving Australia an opportunity to qualify for the men’s and women’s categories.