Energy on the lookout

Latrobe City Energy is on the lookout for potential coaches as it seeks to expand the number of teams representing Gippsland in the Victorian Junior Basketball League in 2014.

Energy president David Roberts said Latrobe City currently had six teams across under 14, 16 and 18 age groups and was seeking have under 12s, if interest exists, as well as look at second teams in a number of other age groups.

“We know that exposing players to regular training and high level competition has the best impact on a player’s skill development,” Roberts said.

“VJBL offers a graded competition where every week teams are challenged on the court.

“Energy provides not only an opportunity to play in this league, but to do so by training locally and playing home games here.

“This year we have had two teams make the Victorian Championship level, with the under 14 girls maintaining a spot in the top 10 teams in the state, while the under 16 girls have dropped to championship reserve and are in the top 20 teams in the state for their age group.”

Roberts said both teams had achieved a great deal given they travelled across Victoria to compete each week.

More than 100 teams compete in each VJBL age group across 10 divisions and include associations such as Bendigo, Geelong, Dandenong, Bulleen and Nunawading.

“Our aim is to have more players playing in more teams and to increase the benefits offered to the development of basketball in Gippsland,” he said.

“These players lift the competition when they return to their squads and domestic teams and we have had some great success with a number of junior players being selected for state duties over the last few years.”

Applications for coaches close tomorrow and appointments will be made over the coming weeks.

“We are also looking to recruit a director of coaching who will support and develop our coaches,” Roberts said.

“We believe that we need a strong focus on coach development as it is these people that build the skills and nurture the growth of our juniors, both as basketball players and as community members.”

All position descriptions are available at

For more information phone Andrew Ware on 0418 227 803 or David Roberts on 0468 431 731.