Unitec is pleased to announce its second partnership with the Auckland basketball community as the naming rights sponsor of the Harbour Basketball secondary school and adult league competitions.
(Image 1/2: Jay-D Foley-Wilson, Harbour, under 15, at Auckland Grammar, 2/2: Jake Martin, Harbour, under 15, Easter Tournament 25-28 March 2016)
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“This great new partnership with Unitec is a logical fit for Harbour Basketball’s secondary school and adult leagues,” said John Hunt, chief executive of Harbour Basketball.
“I firmly believe basketball will become the country’s number one sport within five years and our partnership with Unitec will help to get us there.”
The country’s largest polytechnic will work with players and coaches from Harbour Basketball by using Unitec’s Think.Do approach to learning to help participants to develop their basketball and leadership skills on and off the court.
“Unitec wants to do all it can to help Auckland’s basketball community as it expands to become the most participated in secondary school sport in New Zealand,” said Rick Ede, Unitec’s Chief Executive.
More than 22,000 secondary school students played basketball consistently in 2015, a 6 per cent increase over the previous year, according to NZ Secondary Schools Sports Council data.
That compares with around 29,000 for netball (flat on 2014), 28,000 for rugby union (down 3%) and almost 25,000 for football (up 3%).
“The partnership with Harbour extends our own relationship with Auckland’s secondary schools,” said Dr Ede.
“Unitec and Harbour will together look for opportunities to assist high school players in reaching professional status on the court, as well as developing leadership and academic success off the court.”