Basketball in Selwyn, and around New Zealand, has been growing at a rapid rate in recent years and the regional basketball associations have been struggling to keep up with the demand.
In 2017 Canterbury Basketball Association (CBA) appointed a Development Officer to help with the set up of a club in the Selwyn District and to continue the running of the ever growing Primary School competition.
In early 2018, the first meetings were held to form a committee to bring a Selwyn based club to life. A group of keen parents and volunteers came together from across Selwyn to form the first committee, making decisions and getting things happening for the players. In April, our first three teams took to the court representing the Selwyn Basketball Club in the CBA Winter Competition. These teams were joined later in the year by an U13 team. To top off an exciting year for the brand new club the U15A team took out the title for their grade and the U17 team finished 2nd. The club had begun to make its mark in the CBA competition.
In 2019, the Selwyn Basketball Club took over completely from the CBA, running the popular Hoops After School Skills Programme and Selwyn Primary Schools Competitions for Years 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 students around the District. This same year saw the popularity of playing club ball for Selwyn Basketball Club grow. We had 9 teams take the court for the club, including our first girls team in the U15 grade. After consultation with the players within our growing club we became the Selwyn Hawks.
2020 saw an unusual year for basketball with Covid-19 really changing the face of everyday life in New Zealand. The season was shortened and was late to start. Due to restrictions on club resources and the uncertainty around the season, the Selwyn Hawks entered 8 teams in the CBA competition. The season ran its course safely and successfully and it was fantastic that players could take the courts at all. Despite the upheaval, the Selwyn Basketball Club still managed to privide opportunities for Hoops participants as well as Primary School teams in our competitions. Albiet slightly altered, these competitions were all able to be run.
We look forward now to growing the opportunities for the people of Selwyn to be involved in basketball. We continue to adapt and develop new programmes and initiatives for our community with the newly offered Adult Social Competitions and a 3v3 Year 5/6 competition. We are excited to be working in the new Selwyn Sports Centre in 2021, as this facility will become a real hub for community sport and recreation. We can't wait to be a part of it.
The Selwyn Hawks would like to acknowledge and thank our fantastic partners. These relationships are key for us to be able to grow as a club and continue to offer these great programmes in our community.