VIEW CURRENT LOCATIONS
AND TOURNAMENT DATES

including contact details

 

Watch our national MEDIA SHOWREEL

And more media on our NEWS page

 

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POSITIVE IMAGES CAMPAIGN

Our partnership with Southern Cross Austereo helps us to promote the great work and the many Midnight Basketball success stories through the power of TV. These clips are from local TV News Updates.

Kempsey NSW

MSCM Kempsey TV News Midnight Basketball Results

Click here to watch

Shepparton VIC

MSCM Shepparton TV News Midnight Basketball Results

Click here to watch

 

 

NATIONAL MEDIA PARTNERS

We thank our national Media Partners who are promoting the extraordinary achievements of our youth across the country.

 

Fairfax Regional Media
The largest national regional Newspaper network

Fairfax Regional Media

 

Southern Cross Austereo
The largest national regional TV Radio network

Southern Cross Austereo

 

WELCOME TO MIDNIGHT BASKETBALL AUSTRALIA

 

Midnight Basketball is a national social inclusion programme to help 'at risk' youth identify and embrace positive opportunities.

Midnight BasketballDinner, compulsory life skills workshops and tournament basketball games are run in stadiums on Friday or Saturday nights from 7.30pm till midnight, followed by a bus home, providing a safe and motivating environment.

Our first Midnight Basketball program was in Redfern Sydney in 2007 and due to its success the program now runs across the country.

Midnight Basketball is open to youth aged 12 to 18 years.

 

 

HOW A MIDNIGHT BASKETBALL NIGHT RUNS

Every night of each 8 Week tournament includes:

Volunteer Briefing Tournament Manager briefs all volunteers and youth workers, professional referees, security, police, bus drivers, workshop facilitators and others (around 15 volunteers a night).

Dinner Players arrive at 7:30pm and are fed a hot, nutritious meal in order to stay focused and energetic for the night ahead.

Workshop Two teams at a time attend a compulsory workshop which focuses on essential life skills, with topics that may cover:

  • Nutrition, Health, Wellbeing
  • Substance Misuse, Emotional, Physical Abuse, Self-Harm
  • Conflict Resolution, Impulse Control, Anger Management
  • Communication and Decision Making
  • Confidence, Self Esteem and Making Positive Choices
  • Personal Identity and Community Engagement Skills
  • Cultural Development and Awareness
  • Financial Literacy
  • Job Readiness

In keeping with our motto NoWorkshop NoJumpshot® players must attend the workshop in order to play basketball. We applaud loud and hard our Midnight Basketballers’ commitment to voluntarily participating in the whole program, including the workshops.

Midnight Basketball AustraliaBasketball Players participate in at least 3 matches of tournament basketball a night with qualified referees.

Basketball is crucial to success due to its unique inclusionary qualities as a team sport, including the opportunity to build leadership and teamwork skills, behavioural improvement, fitness and focus. Virtually anyone can play, is held indoors, and both males and females think it is cool.

Safely Home Finally, at the end of the night, a bus takes the players safely home.

 

 

CURRENT LOCATIONS

For current locations, refer Locations Home Page.

 

 

ENROL AS A PLAYER OR VOLUNTEER IN A TOURNAMENT

Player registration is open to all local 12 to 18 year olds and costs nothing to enter. Volunteer positions are open to anyone over the age of 18. If you are interested visit the location you are interested in via Locations drop down list above.

Current tournaments listed on our Locations Page. This is updated as Tournament start dates are confirmed each term.

 

 

MIDNIGHT BASKETBALL IN YOUR COMMUNITY

If you’d like to see Midnight Basketball in your community, please call us (see Contact Us page for details).

 

 

  

 

 

Midnight Basketball Australia is proud to have joined forces with some of Australia's leading businesses, sporting bodies and NGO's to support the "Racism. It stops with me" campaign, which is being led by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

We have committed to preventing racism by pledging to undertake activites over the next three years in support of the campaign.

"Midnight Basketball is a social inclusion program and we are committed to the importance, principles and exciting outcomes at every level, in our community programs in metropolitan, regional and remote communities across Australia. Every day we experience the positives of social inclusion and are very proud to be part of this Campaign." Tess White, CEO Midnight Basketball Australia

  

 

Quitting Smoking

We are supporting volunteers to prepare for volunteering at Midnight Basketball by 'Giving Up the Smokes'.

Keep in mind Midnight Basketball is strictly a non-smoking environment and we are proud to support this important part of the Code of Conduct and Rules of Midnight Basketball given the high numbers of young people still taking up smoking.

You will find the players look up to you and by not bringing cigarettes or smoking during the night you are helping them in their efforts to give up smoking permanently and helping us to reinforce this important health message by walking the talk.

Visit the Quitline Website for information to reinforce the dangers ... as if you needed it .. but also sources of practical and professional help.

Support our youth by supporting yourself.
Ring us if you need a hand.
As always, thanks for volunteering.

 

  

 

   

All information in this website created by
Midnight Basketball Australia is copyrighted 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Encouraging School Based Traineeship programs - Edan Porter, Commonwealth Bank Indigenous School Based Trainee

 

"When I was in Tamworth recently, I had the opportunity to meet long term Midnight Basketball Tamworth participant Edan Porter who was successful in securing a Midnight Basketball Indigenous School Based Traineeship this year with the Commonwealth Bank. We caught up over a microphone about what the School Based Traineeship has meant to him and he provided some helpful insight to what is actually involved. He was super keen to spread the message to Midnight Basketballers around the country to apply for the Traineeships each year. We are certainly all very proud of Edan."
Tess White, CEO
Midnight Basketball Australia

Listen to the interview with Edan here

Northern Daily Leader story about Edan's SBT at Commonwealth Bank

 

 

Community Meeting - Knox, Vic

Monday 15 Sept 2014, 6:30pm
Knox Civic Centre, Room 3
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South  Vic  3152

Come along to see how you can help support Midnight Basketball in Knox. All welcome. For more informtion contact the Knox Committee on Knox@midnightbasketball.org.au  

 

 

Important Working With Children (WWC) Information for NSW

Volunteers applying for a WWC check can now lodge their application at NSW Government Access Centres, as well as NSW motor registries. To see if there is an Access Centre near you, click here.

For further information on the new WWC check including factsheets and online tutorials, click here

 

 

Thanks to Sidney Myer Fund

Midnight Basketball Australia delighted to gain support for our Educational Workshop Framework and Community Programs from the Sidney Myer Fund Large Grants Program, Poverty & Disadvantage which aims to assist in the area of poverty and disadvantage with its Large Grants Program focusing on rural and regional Australia.

Read more on the Sidney Myer Fund website

 

 

e-Community and e-Inclusion NSW Winner: for Midnight Basketball Tournament System (MBTS)

Jonathon Wolfe, Chair, Midnight Basketball Australia accepts the award from The Hon. Matthew Mason-Cox MLC (Liberal) Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury and Finance NSW

Jonathon Wolfe, Chair, Midnight Basketball Australia and Member, Pearcey Hall of Distinction (ICT), accepts the award from The Hon. Matthew Mason-Cox MLC and then Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury and Finance NSW.