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Club going Dee-lightfully

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December 01, 2016

Giving back: Demons Basketball Club has given $23 000 to go towards upgrades at Guthrie Street Primary School.

Demons Basketball Club is thriving.

The club has doubled in players during the past three years, with about 200 children taking to the court for games and at training.

After working their way into a good financial position, the Demons have been looking to give back and did just that in September.

The club donated $23000 towards much-needed upgrades at Guthrie St Primary School’s basketball stadium.

An air-conditioning unit and a new scoreboard are just some of the items on the wish-list.

‘‘Initially (Demons life member and former treasurer) Pat Edwards over 10 years ago, along with previous committees, had fundraising activities towards a construction of a stadium for the club, where they raised $8000,’’ Demons member Brad Dowling said.

‘‘This money has not been utilised until the last three years.

‘‘This significant contribution, which is the largest received by Guthrie St Primary, will not only assist Demons players and Guthrie St students, but the wider community in using the facility more frequently, especially during our extremely hot summer seasons.’’

The stadium is used regularly, including for the annual three-day Shepparton Junior Basketball Tournament that brings thousands of visitors into the town.

Dowling said the club had created a great environment where players were developing and succeeding.

‘‘We have developed a culture that hadn’t existed for some time due to lower playing numbers and volunteers, which all clubs find themselves in at some time in their history,’’ Dowling said.

‘‘The introduction of presentation nights that acknowledged all players and a family/club environment helped build this back to having a significant presence in the Greater Shepparton Basketball Association to now having 18 teams competing in the local domestic competition.’’

Demons players Tonysia Turner and Boston Dowling have excelled to be selected in prestigious Basketball Victoria Country state camps.

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