The East Coast Challenge an initiative of Basketball Victoria and Basketball NSW gives NITCP athletes from Metro Victoria and NSW the opportunity to compete against each other in a 4 day tournament in January.

Both NITCP groups will put together two teams, with each team playing 5 games.  In its 3rd year the East Coast Challenge provides further opportunities for players and coaches to continue to develop their game.

Basketball Australia’s internationally acclaimed Intensive Training Centre Program (NITCP) provides Australia’s promising young basketballers and basketball coaches with a proven pathway to success in their chosen sport.

Sam Mackinnon (Australian Boomers/West Sydney Razorbacks), Lauren Jackson (Australian Opals/Canberra Capitals/Seattle Storm) and Chris Anstey (Australian Boomer/Victorian Titans/Dallas Mavericks/Chicago Bulls) are all graduates of the NITCP, whilst Ian Stacker (Townsville Crocodiles), Guy Molloy (National head coach Young Men’s team and former Opals Assistant Coach) and Carrie Graff (Canberra Capitals head coach & WNBA Phoenix Mercury head coach) have all been involved as coaches.

The NITCP uses the principle of open communication and the sharing of knowledge between State and Territory NITCP coaches, a detailed talent identification process and well established links with local associations to develop outstanding basketballers. Using a model based on the very best player development practices from America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, the NITCP has been further extended and refined to suit local needs and philosophies.

Will Sinclair and Rohan Gale (U/18.1 Cobra Boys), Kate Ebzery (U/18.1 Cobra Girls) and Rebekah O’Donnell (U/16.1 Cobras Girls) have all been part of the Kilsyth NITCP venue will be looking to take their games to another level as they compete with some of the best athletes from the East Coast.