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Bankstown Skills & Development Program

Bruins Bankstown Skills and Development

Welcome to the Bruins Skills & Development Program.  We offer 1-hour classes that provide our athletes of all ability levels from the ages of 5-17 years with the opportunity to learn the skills and rules of basketball in a fun and friendly environment.



Term 2 2024


Bruins Skills and Development’s first class for Term 2 2024, is Wednesday 1 May 2024.

Cost for New Members is $160 for Term 2 and Returning Members is $125.

Bruins Skills & Development offers one hour skills based basketball programs on

Wednesday afternoon 4:30pm or 5:30pm

Friday afternoon 4:15pm

Saturday 9:00am or 10:00am

Aussie Hoops Program

For young athletes aged 5 and 6, we offer the “Aussie Hoops” program in which Bruins in conjunction with Basketball Australia aims to introduce the sport of basketball for the first time to our youngest athletes. These sessions include warm-up games, skill activities and modified games with an emphasis on FUN and participation.  Aussie Hoops Classes run Saturday 9am to 10am.

Aussie Hoops Link

Skills & Development

Our classes focus on developing our athlete’s fundamental basketball skills including dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, defence and a basic understanding of game concepts. The classes run alongside the school term for approximately 10 weeks. Our skills and development classes are for young athletes aged 5 – 16 years.

Under 9's Development League

Bruins Under 9’s Development League is designed to provide athletes who have had some basketball experience a pathway into competitive basketball. This program caters for young athletes, who are between the ages of 7 to 9, who are too young to enter into Bruins Junior Domestic Competition. The program run’s for one hour, consisting of thirty minutes of training and a thirty minute game.

Girls Development Program

Bruins Girls Development Program is for young women aged between 8 and 17 years old, and aims to provide girls with a pathway through skill development, competition and beyond. Our 1 hour weekly session, is split into two 30 minute blocks. Participants will train for 30 minutes, and then be split into teams and will participate in a 30 minute game. We focus on developing our athlete’s fundamentals including dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, defence and a basic understanding of game concepts.

GDP will be hosted on a Friday afternoon at 4:15pm, and will run for the entirety of the school term.  A Senior Girl’s Development Program is also run on Wednesday from 5.30pm, for girls 12 to 17.


U/11 Rep Prep Program

Bruins U/11 Rep Prep Program is for children aged 8 to 10 years old, who have progressed through our Skills & Development Program.  These players have been identified as possible future Bruins Representative Players.  The program runs Wednesdays at 4.30 to 5.30 for Terms 2 and 3, with players then trialing for U/12 Bruins Representative in Term 4.

This program is one hour per week and run how a Bruins Representative Training session runs, to prepare the children for what it is like playing as a Bruins Representative Player.


What do I need to bring?

Just wear comfortable clothing, bring a water bottle, and if you have a basketball please bring along, if not we have balls to borrow and for purchase ($30).


Which class/group is my child in?

Your child will be placed with his age group and assessed by our coaches for promotion along our pathway. You will be directed by staff upon arrival to the correct court.


Do we have a uniform?

Yes, all new members receive a reversible training singlet when you register as a new member. All of our athletes are encouraged to wear their singlets to each training session.


How long do the sessions run for?

Sessions run for 60 minutes. Our programs follow the school term, usually 10 weeks and break for school holidays. We also run a number of camps during the school holidays.


Do we play games?

Our sessions involve teaching skills, playing inclusive games that use these skills and then some sessions will include short unofficial games towards the end of the term.


Can my child play games and also participate in classes?

Yes, we encourage all players in our Local Competitions to attend classes also. We have classes that are tailored towards assisting with development for Local Competition players including our High Performance classes.


Does my child need supervision during the session?

All children under the age of 14 are required to have 1 parent supervise during the session.


Do we accept Active Kids and Creative Kids Vouchers?

We accept the Active Kids Voucher (beginning with 54). We DO NOT accept the Creative Kids Voucher (beginning with 99)


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