Papakura scores a basketball win

Publish Date : 01 Dec 2023

Nothing but net from the three-point line.

Papakura Local Board chair Brent Catchpole is delighted Marybeth Reserve has been named as Auckland’s Schick NeighbourHoops location.

“We have been investing in playground upgrades that have seen more basketball hoops added, so to have another one courtesy of this initiative is more than welcome.

“Hoops are one of the most requested items when we consult on what communities want in their neighbourhood parks, but like everything, their addition depends on funds.

“This is a real bonus for basketball fans around Marybeth Reserve, and for us.”

Schick recently joined Basketball New Zealand’s Hoops in Parks plan, which has added 14 hoops in nine locations across the country, giving thousands of fans a place to play.

The company is now working to deliver Schick NeighbourHoops - 10 hoops for 10 regions - with the input of the community.

Basketball New Zealand’s (BBNZ’s) Dilon Boucher says Hoops in Parks was born out of a lack of facilities being a barrier to participation.

“Many communities lack courts to cater for demand, so Schick NeighbourHoops is exactly what was needed to boost the game at grassroots level, where safe and accessible outdoor hoops often play an important part in a player’s basketball journey.”

Catchpole says the NeighbourHoops campaign launched in September, with people able to vote for their favourite location for a new hoop.

“Well done to everyone who got behind Marybeth. It will be an awesome addition to Papakura and who knows if it won’t even deliver a new generation of Breakers and Tall Ferns.”

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