Kings County Basketball Academy

Organization Sponsor: New Minas Recreation Department

Organization Partner: Nova Scotia Health Promotion Clearinghouse


Program Description

The purpose of the Academy is group instruction during the off season and is to push young children to their maximum potential both on and off the court.

Staff will teach the game from the ground up including both basic and advanced fundamentals. Most importantly they will teach essential life skills such as commitment, hard work, enthusiasm, goal setting, etc.

The program will be for boys and girls Grades 4-6 and Grades 7-9 and will be housed in New Minas. For further information, or to register, please contact the New Minas Recreation Department at 681-6577.

The program will be led by instructor Bev Greenlaw with assistance from program coordinator Dave Harris and High School competitive players.

Program Approximate Cost: 


Funding Sources: 

Nova Scotia Office of Health Promotion & Protection, Evangeline Middle School (E.M.S) and the New Minas Recreation Department.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

This program was intense and would run for 4 hours a night for 6 weeks. It was inexpensive plus free tee shirts were given out. 120 kids would sign up so it would involve many of the same age . The focus was on skill development. Team were formed only for sparring. Kids could after this intense period still play on other community teams.

Impact Of Program: 

One of the best things going for youth basketball in the entire Eastern Valley area is the new Basketball Academy. Sessions would involve up to 120 participants.

Evaluation Tools: 

Feedback from participants.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Bev Greenlaw the head coach of the girls high school basketball team provided the quality of the design of the program.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

This was successful because of the expertise in the community. If the top coaches moved away the quality of the program would be effected.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This program began in 2006.

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