President Newsletter November 2020

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

It’s great to be sharing the latest newsletter with you all – this time from me, Kieren, as President of our association, Central Coast Basketball.

A big thank you

Firstly, I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to Ian ‘Moose’ Robilliard for stepping into the General Manager role on an interim basis over the past three months.

We’re fortunate to have someone with Moose’s credentials on the Board and I’m grateful that he has been able to bring his sports administration expertise to our daily operations. Moose has had a very positive impact as we continue to implement our return-to-play initiatives, helping to bring stability during the uncertainty created by Covid.

Responding to Covid

As I’m sure you understand, Covid has not made life easy – all of us in our community have been affected in different ways and our association is no exception.

At a Board level, we’ve analysed how best to respond to Covid and maintain our association’s financial position. We’ve identified what we believe to be a sound and sustainable structure for the future and this includes two new appointments: Executive Manager and Competitions Development Officer. It’s worth clarifying that the Executive Manager is a replacement for the General Manager role, albeit at a less senior level. While this change in the seniority of the role is the direct result of Covid’s financial impact on our association, I’m confident that these two new appointments – combined with the knowledge and experience of Jared, Amanda and Killi, and supported by all our staff, casuals and volunteers – will give our association the management team and support we need.

We are currently recruiting for these two roles, we have had a very positive response and I’m looking forward to introducing some new team members to you all very soon. Until then, Moose has kindly agreed to extend his interim role on a part-time basis – thanks again, Moose!

Getting back on court

Turning our attention back to the courts, I’m pleased to write that we’ve had a record number of teams enter the Junior Summer Competition.

What’s more, our Basketball Development programs have seen a record number of players enrolled into Aussie Hoops and Rising Rebels. Plus, we’ve introduced the new 3×3 competition to add something a little bit different.

After the break forced upon us by Covid, it’s great to see so many of us playing again.

Community strength

All in all, I’m optimistic about the future of Central Coast Basketball – whether it’s success on the court with all four of our Crusaders teams winning their way to the semi-finals in the Waratah League for the first time in our association’s history, or the record response to the Junior Summer Competition.

Now more than ever, I’m reminded of the strength of our community and it’s your support that has helped us through the tough times this year. Whether volunteering as coaches, managers, Board members and even Covid officers, making a tax-deductible donations through the Australian Sports Foundation, or supporting the basketball exploits of your family and friends, it’s very much appreciated by one and all.

With that in mind, please do take the time to complete our Values survey, here’s the link.

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, I’d love to hear from you.

Regards,


Kieren Moore
President