SECONDARY SCHOOL BASKETBALL NATIONALS
‘850 secondary school students from 70 secondary schools are set to arrive in Palmerston North this weekend for the Schick Championships! ‘
Palmerston North is set to host one of the largest secondary school events on the sporting calendar next week.
The Schick Championships – New Zealand’s secondary school basketball nationals – tips off on Monday, October 2 at Central Energy Trust Arena and promises to be one of the best championships to date!
The week-long event is expected to have a significant economic impact on the city, with over 850 students from 70 secondary schools including families and supporters from all over the country visiting Palmerston North.
The Sport Event Partnership Fund, administered by Sport Manawatū on behalf of Palmerston North City Council has supported Basketball New Zealand to bring this event to the region.
CEO of Sport Manawatū, Trevor Shailer, says they will continue to work together to ensure that this event stays in Palmerston North.
“It is fantastic to see another large-scale event brought into the city through the Sport Event Partnership Fund.
“We have a great partnership with Basketball New Zealand and I am pleased to confirm that Palmerston North will be hosting this event for the next three years.
“This event is also about inspiring our young people to get out and give it a go, and this is a chance for them to see some impressive talent take to the court. We look forward to continuing the momentum of this event which will be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike,” he says.
Iain Potter, Chief Executive of Basketball New Zealand says the Basketball Schick Championships is an important event in Basketball New Zealand’s calendar and is looking forward to heading to Palmerston North next week.
“Basketball Manawatū and Sport Manawatū have really put in the groundwork to ensure a great event next week. They have worked tirelessly to bring together volunteers, facilities, and the wider local community to really get in behind the Schick Championships.
“Of course, a big drawcard is the Central Energy Trusts Arena which is one of the very few venues that can accommodate an event of this scale in New Zealand.
“Add to that, the accommodation options, the food and hospitality, and the atmosphere that local supporters bring – especially around the finals – it’s all helped the event go from strength to strength. We couldn’t have done it without these important partnerships and without the support of the Manawatū community,” he says.
Manawatū will be represented by two local schools at this year’s event: Manukura and Palmerston North Boys’ High School. All eyes are on Palmerston North Boys’ High School to see if they can take the title after their narrow defeat against Rangitoto College in the 2016 final.
The opening ceremony is set to begin at 6:30 pm with a pōwhiri for all teams at Central Energy Trust Arena 2 on Sunday 1 October. Family and spectators are all welcome and the event will also be broadcast live on Maori Television. Please visit the Basketball New Zealand website for more information. http://nz.basketball/Competitions/Schools/Schick-Championships
For more information,
Brittany Andrew – Sport Manawatū
027 868 1392