The Brighter Futures basketball project for African youth in Shepparton has been given a boost with the Commonwealth Bank providing it $30000 across the next three years.
Commonwealth Bank Shepparton branch manager James Wright presented the first $10000 instalment at an official announcement at the St Paul’s Lutheran Church basketball court on Friday.
The funding will go towards securing a permanent coach and meeting the general costs of running the program.
‘‘We’ve been running an afternoon program for African youth with the Shepparton Gators and at this point the church has covered the costs, so this (bank money) will be a big help,’’ Reverend Matt Anker said.
‘‘This is a great program for these young people finding their feet in Australian society, it’s space where young migrant people can be in a safe space and build positive relationships.
‘‘It’s quite a popular sport and we have a high percentage of young women playing,’’ Rev Anker said the program would restart on the first Friday of Term 4.
The afternoon sport program develops skills and often finishes with a three-on-three competition.
‘‘This investment by Commonwealth Bank is well received in the African community and is good for Shepparton’s young people,’’ Rev Anker said.