GM Newsletter October 2020

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Dear Life Members, Players, Coaches, Parents & Families,

Welcome to this month’s newsletter and thank you for all the positive feedback after our first newsletter last month.

As ever, it’s a privilege to have this opportunity to write to you – and to start by sharing news of our recent success.

Success on the court

After the success we shared in 2019, it’s great to be able to celebrate the strength of our Senior program once again.

After a tough season, all four Crusaders teams in the Waratah League won their way to the semi-finals for the first time in our association’s history.

Two of our teams progressed to the Grand Final – the Waratah Women 1 and Youth League Men teams. While the Women lost a close game, the Youth League Men won the Grand Final – and our very own Luke Cassidy won Grand Final MVP.

You can watch the match videos here and see the photos here.

Congratulations to all the players, coaches, managers, families and fans!

Strength in numbers

All the hard work by the players and coaches on the court is mirrored by our efforts off the court. As a result, we have some exciting initiatives underway and we would love for you to sign-up and make the most of all the basketball competitions, pathways and programs we offer.

Sign-up to 3 x 3: this all-new competition starts on Friday 16 October and runs every Friday night with teams in U13, U15, U18, Open and Masters (40+).

Sign-up to Rising Rebels: this is a development program starting Saturday 17 October for Domestic players aged 5-17 or even kids who are new to the sport to help them develop the skills to become a Rebels representative player.

Sign-up to Central Coast Basketball Showcase: this is the first step in the development pathway to representative basketball and combines a training camp with a round-robin competition in a 2-day event for U12 on 24/25 October and U14 on 7/8 November.

Sign-up to Aussie Hoops: this is Basketball Australia’s official introductory program for basketballers aged 5-9 and starts on Friday 16 October.

Book the stadium on Saturdays and Sundays: you can book the courts and mezzanine area on weekends 9am-1pm via our website, available now.

It’s the success of initiatives like these that will help our association transition out of Covid-19 and ensure the success of our return-to-play strategy.

With that in mind, we have also registered with the Australian Sports Foundation and we are now eligible for tax-deductible donations. Like any community-based association, we do everything we can to make the most of each and every dollar, so we would certainly appreciate any donations – here’s the link, every little bit helps.

Our Values survey

At Central Coast Basketball, our values are an important guide for how we act, behave and communicate. It’s an area where we’re looking to focus our efforts so we can continue to grow, evolve and improve.

As you may know, we recently changed our name from Gosford City Basketball Association to Central Coast Basketball. The old name was part of the old commercial structure to protect the association while we had a significant loan on the stadium – removing that loan also removed the need to separate the Gosford City Basketball Association from the Gosford City Basketball as two independent entities, and so we’ve combined them into one new organisation, Central Coast Basketball.

Over the past few months, we’ve had more than 50 one-on-one discussions with members of our association to gather insights into our purpose and values. The research so far has been insightful and valuable, and we’re keen to give everyone the opportunity to contribute to this process. What’s important to us is your input into these values, so please do take the time to respond to this short, 15-question survey.

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me directly at, I’d love to hear from you.


Ian Robilliard
Interim General Manager