Hawkesbury seniors encouraged to start shooting hoops

Come join us: From left, PCYC stadium manager David Zammit, Jess Erixon and Cleo Pickard. Picture: Ryan O'Toole

Come join us: From left, PCYC stadium manager David Zammit, Jess Erixon and Cleo Pickard. Picture: Ryan O'Toole

Hawkesbury Basketball and PCYC Hawkesbury are calling on seniors to join them on the court.

The groups will soon start a new Basketball NSW program aimed at getting older Hawkesbury residents moving.

Aimed primarily at over 55's, Walking Basketball is a slower, low impact and social version of the game, with an emphasis on participation and increasing physical activity levels.

There is no running or jumping ... so slam dunks are out of the question.

The rules are basis nd sessions run for about an hour in length, including warm ups, some skills and gameplay.

To get the ball rolling, Basketball NSW will assist in the running of a free four-week trial starting at 10am on Tuesday, Febreuary 2.

In conjunction with the trail PCYC Hawkesbury have offered to waive its membership costs.

Hawkesbury Basketball domestic coach and referee Jess Erixon will serve as one of the facilitators.

Jess has experience in playing, coaching and refereeing basketball as well as working in disability and aged care.

Cleo Pickard, head coach at Hawkesbury Basketball, will also assist, bringing her vast experience as a skills coach as well as a referee and player.

Local physio, Chris Jekki, of Gold Standard Physiotherapy at South Windsor will support by advising on correct warm ups and referring participants.

Windsor RSL, already a major sponsor of the Hawkesbury Jets (Hawkesbury Basketball's rep program), have also joined in to sponsor the program for the year, covering court hire and uniforms to help keep costs to a minimum.

After the trial period it will cost participants $5 per session, and they will need to register with PCYC for a yearly membership.

For more information call Hawkesbury Basketball on 0448 525 651 or email info@hawkesburybasketball.com