THE Clarence United Basketball Association (CUBA) has been boosted by a sponsorship from McDonald’s Rosny Park through the Macca’s ‘On Your Team’ program.
CUBA president Richard Gawthorpe said this initiative would provide the association with new sporting equipment.
“This program is run throughout Tasmania and is designed to bring new players into the competition,” he said.
“It’ll provide a big relief for cost for us because the cost of gear is huge, and if we don’t have to buy that gear it saves us having to charge parents for that merchandise.”
CUBA was formed in the early 1970s as the City of Clarence Basketball Association and encompasses the Eastern Shore clubs of Dominoes and Grenadiers.
Mr Gawthorpe said the aim of the association was to ensure the best environment was provided to help basketballers develop their skills and interest in the game.
“We’ve always got junior players coming through – at the moment we’ve got seven boys teams in the under 10s program between Grenadiers and Dominoes and six girls teams,” he said.
“McDonald’s has been associated with Clarence for more than two years now, but this sponsorship will be a big boost for us – it’s going the next step and providing us with a bit more gear.”
McDonald’s Rosny Park licensee John Barry-Murphy said McDonald’s wanted to show its support to the community.
“We want to be part of the community and we highlighted that basketball was an up and coming and growing sport in Tasmania,” he said.
“Having talked to a lot of clubs we highlighted that equipment is a big issue, so we’re happy to jump on board and help out.
“We have 100 basketballs per store going out to basketball clubs throughout Tasmania, plus drawing boards for the coaches.”
Mr Barry-Murphy said this sponsorship was going to greatly benefit the basketball community.
“We’re also giving basketballs to the school programs where a lot of kids would take one home with them and play with it – hopefully that’s going to lift the standard of basketball,” he said.
Caption: Back from left, Clarence United Basketball Association president Richard Gawthorpe and McDonald’s Rosny Park licensee John Barry-Murphy, with young members of the Clarence United Basketball Association.