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Vote for the team or individual that you think most needs funding, for their chance to receive up to $1,500 from the Thermoskin Community Sports Fund!

You will also be entered in the draw to win a $200 EFTPOS Gift Card!

With a total pool of $10,000 available plus a gift of Thermoskin’s Plantar FXT Calf Socks, 2016 winners will be decided upon by a panel of 4 judges including Melanie Wright (Australian Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record Holder in Swimming), Sharelle McMahon (former Australian Netballer), Brett Emerton (ex-Socceroo) and Thermoskin CEO Matthew Symington.

Shortlisted entries will be based on quality of application, why the funds are needed, value to the community/individual, and number of votes received by the public, so start voting now and make your contribution!

To find out more on how your voting contributes, please visit our Terms & Conditions. Thermoskin Community Sports Fund Recipients will be announced on the Thermoskin website and Facebook page.

Voting: 4th – 25th May 2016
Recipients Announced: 6th June 2016

Total Votes:   4

Tamworth Basketball Association


Northern Junior League

State / Area:

NSW / Regional

Funding Requested


Voting has now finished.

Recipients will be announced on 6th June 2016.

About Tamworth Basketball Association

The Tamworth Basketball Association (TBA) commenced operations in a back street tin shed with approximately 20 players about 48 years ago. The TBA has grown to approximately 1200 members and has moved to a state of the art stadium built by the Tamworth Regional Council. The TBA conducts local competitions every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On the weekends the representative teams (The Thunderbolts) compete against teams across the state in various level of competitions. In addition the TBA conduct 'Little Hoops' on Thursday to develop children from the kindergarten age through to year 2. This program gives children the exposure to what is required to play basketball. The TBA also works in with the local council to promote 'Midnight Basketball' where disadvantaged children a bused to the stadium to play basketball and receive lifestyle tips, meals and shown an alternative to anti-social behavior.

Value to the Community

The TBA is the only basketball association in the Tamworth District that has over 1000 members. The TBA encourages children from all walks of like to participate in basketball, by providing additional training camps, identifying elite athletes and running programs for children that may not be that gifted or committed but provide an alternative to anti-social behavior or delinquency. Children have the opportunity to progress to the state level or alternatively have a venue to attend if their home life is not that great. The TBA provides assistance and a friendly environment for these children, a number of which come from lower socio-economic environments or homes with a history of domestic violence. The TBA complex is fully enclosed so children can attend during any form of weather conditions. Our experience members, many from the education department or law enforcement provide advice and guidance on all life decisions for these kids.

Why the funds are needed

Based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Tamworth has one of the highest Indigenous population per capita (above the national average). Historically has had a high engagement with the Indigenous community registered with the TBA. Some of these players have represented at both local and state level. Ongoing financial support would enable this to continue. Ongoing development of these players has a financial impact on families as players are often required to travel to other regional areas to participate in this sport or advanced training. The money would be allocated to disadvantaged children particular Indigenous children where parents are required to meet the increasing financial demands to participate. The TBA has high level coaches who would be able to assist in developing these player to reach their full potential. This funding would enable children to attend games and development squads thus providing much skills to aid in their development and provide and alternative direction in their life skills. The TBA has an allocated administrative officer who maintains an credible rapport with the Indigenous community and with additional funding our administrator would be able to liaise with our current players to become role models for our future players.

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