The world as we know it is in a very different place to what it was last year. Our basketball competitions have been suspended. Our stadiums have closed. Schools have closed – and many members of our community have been impacted through their work and businesses. COVID-19 has been a real shock to everyone’s normality.
First and foremost, we hope your families are in good health and are practicing social distancing and – where possible – self-isolation, so we can get on top of this thing sooner rather than later.
The DVBA administration and board have met with club delegates to discuss the necessary steps in returning to the regular season. We will continue to take advice from Basketball Victoria who in turn are taking advice from the State Government and the relevant health authorities. As soon as we get the go ahead from Basketball Victoria we will advise the clubs and will work together to ensure the safe return to basketball. Basketball Victoria will be reviewing when domestic basketball can resume on May 31st after the next official announcement from the Victorian Government.
Aligned Leisure has been awarded the management and operation of Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre and Community Bank Stadium! After a comprehensive tender process, Nillumbik Shire Council has made the decision to engage Aligned Leisure to operate the Shire’s five sport and recreation centres: Eltham Leisure Centre, Community Bank Stadium, Diamond Creek Outdoor Pool, Diamond Creek Community Centre and Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre.
The Council have also advised that the Stadium redevelopment is scheduled to commence in late June, early July. There will be 3 new courts built at the DV Stadium, but we will lose Court 5 as part of the works for up to 18 months. We will work to provide updates to all clubs and members as things progress.
We would like to thank ClubLinks and the YMCA for their hard work and the excellent service they have provided to our community. We look forward to this exciting new chapter partnering with Aligned Leisure!
The DV office is currently still operating but is now closed to the public. We remain optimistic that we will be up and going again soon but, in the meantime, will continue to engage our members through our website and Facebook page.
Stay safe and we look forward to our basketball competitions returning soon!
Update from Basketball Victoria
As of May 12th the Victorian Government made announcements relating to the easing of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this included allowing people to participate in outdoor activities or train in community sport in groups of up to 10 people.
Basketball Victoria supports this approach, as it recognises that sport and exercise play a critical role in the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of Victorians, but importantly this must be balanced with the risk of transmitting coronavirus.
As such, the State Government has developed the following principles to guide the lifting of restrictions around sport and exercise.
Sport and exercise can resume if:
- you keep your distance while performing the activity (at least 1.5 metres apart),
- you are not doing your activities indoors and they are not competitive (team vs team); and
- you can do them with a maximum of 10 people.
For the sake of clarity, the Government (DHHS) stipulates that “you can participate in training for all sports, but it must be non-contact, with only 10 people participating at any one time in addition to those people running the training (e.g. coach, manager)”. Further details can be found at DHHS here.
While this provides an opportunity for many of us to get back into participating in basketball outside of our home environment, Basketball Victoria wants to emphasise that how we all collectively act in the coming weeks will directly affect the health of our community and our sports ability to return to more regular indoor activity in the near future.
We are being provided an opportunity to enjoy a level of sport and exercise outdoors in the short term, but we must not compromise safety, nor the reputation of the sport at this vitally important time.
As part of the upcoming expansion of the Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre, the neighbouring vacant dwelling was demolished last week.
Asbestos removal and demolition began on Thursday 7th of May and will be carried out by a Class A-certified asbestos removalist.
The expansion of the centre will include four new compliant basketball/netball courts and is expected to start later in the year. Take a look at the drawings below!
Push Up Challenge
Diamond Valley’s referees are participating in doing 3,046 push-ups over 21 days. Each day, the target number of push-ups to complete will reflect a different statistic to do with mental health in Australia. For example, 45 push-ups to recognise the percentage of Australians who will experience a mental health condition over their lifetime.
Over the course of 21-days they will be challenged to complete 3,046 push-ups in total, representing the number of lives lost in Australia to suicide in 2018. Funds raised will go to headspace.
Follow the link below to see who is on the DV team and find out how to donate:
We are excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website! Visit us at http://dvbasketball.com.au/ (Any bookmarks will take you to the old website so make sure to update the link).
After months of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to officially announce its launch, complete with an ‘At Home Training’ section to help our players and coaches stay motivated over our time at home. We wanted to make the new website faster, easier to navigate, and more user-friendly. We will be constantly updating our content with helpful information, DVBA announcements and Coaching and Player Resources in the News and Development Tabs. As we move away from Sports TG we have all fixtures connected to Play HQ.
Make sure to check it out!
If you have a business in our community that is open and needs a little bit of love in this difficult time we want to help!
We would like to promote your business for free on our social media channels and website. Please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to send through your business promotions.