The most important element in cultivating positive change in young people is the relationship
Ignite Basketball is an intervention for young people engaged or at risk of engaging in anti social and criminal behaviour.
In the last two years, Blake Ward Massey and basketball have been good to each other. Never having played organised basketball before, 16 year old Blake joined Armadale’s Ignite program operating on Saturday nights with young people aged 12 – 18.
Armadale’s Drug Aware Ignite Basketball and Fremantle’s Streetball programs were brought together for the first time on October 4, in a mass tournament at Armadale Arena.
Armadale’s Ignite program received a special donation from an organisation that benefits Men’s Mental Health. The Putback, an annual basketball tournament staged in Willeton run by Craig Huxtable looked to assist community initiatives by providing financial support.
Whilst waiting for further funding to run at full capacity, Ignite Basketball is back running once a month thanks to interim funding from the Department of Sport and Recreation.
Our first formally competitive team, the Ignite Diamonds have been training hard every Tuesday with head coach Mike Byrnes and its paid off.