Online Applications

The 2020/2021 NIAS Basketball program applications are now OPEN and will close Friday 9th October at 5:00pm. 


(Or at the bottom of the page for mobile users)

To be eligble, athletes must be aged 14 - 15 years old in 2021 (born 2006-2007).

Trials will be held Saturday 10th October in Tamworth

Up to five under age (i.e. 13 in 2021/born in 2008) may be selected to form a development squad.   

Coach Nominations for the 2020/2021 season are now open.  Download the form here.

If you require more information, please contact the NIAS office.

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2019/2020 "Tamworth City Toyota" Basketball Program:

Boys Squad

Elijah Allan Tamworth
Harrison Barton Hallsville
Keenan Davis Quirindi
Thomas Gallagher Tamworth
Lochlan Humphries Hilvue
Danny Madden East Tamworth
Samiel Morris Tamworth
Tom Parsons Werris Creek
Dan Robertson  
Jack Smith Tamworth


Girls Squad

Brianna Clark Qurindi
Mia Darcy Calala
Bridie Douglas Quirindi
Erin Hansen Tamworth
Gabrielle Higgins Tamworth
Jamiah Hunt Werris Creek
Charlotte Leonard Nemingha
Hallie Scott Hilvue
Georgia Sheppard Tamworth
Aleisha Young Daruka



Development Players

John Harris  
Reid Humble  
Lucas Percy  
Charlie Whale  
Sam Peeters  
Miley Clark  
Sophie McMullen  
Emma Rumble  
Katie Sheppard  


Coaching Staff

Program Mentor: Greg O’Toole

Boys Head Coach: Jono Willis

Boys Assistant Coach: Matt Parsons

Girls Head Coach: Matt Hobson

Girls Assistant Coach: Sonja Taylor

Application Details

Who is Eligible

Athletes should be aged 14 or 15 in 2021 (born in 2006 or 2007) and be residing in Northern Inland region.  We will also have up to five under age (i.e. 13 in 2021/born in 2008) to form a development squad.   

Selection Process & Criteria

The squad will consist of 20 athletes, 10 male and 10 female.

Athletes will be assessed on the following criteria at selections trials or via Talent Identification processes.

  1. T- Technique
  2. I- Intelligence (Basketball).
  3. P- Physical Attributes
  4. S- Skill
  5. Endurance- 20m shuttle run

Program year

Scholarship offered is for the period October 2020 to May 2021.

Trials: Saturday 10th October in Tamworth

Training dates and locations are to be finalised.

Your Local Club Academy Games 16th - 18th April 2021 in Newcastle. 

Awards Night – Date TBC

Program content

The program year will consist of various weekend training camps attributing to over 30 hours of coaching time. The skills program follows a structured approach concentrating on a range of individual skills and development. Athletes will have the opportunity to travel to Sydney for a touring weekend where they will gain specialist coaching support. 

Athletes will attend the NIAS Life Skills Education Day. This program covers education sessions on Goal Setting, Resilience, Opportunities beyond sport, Wealth management, Testing and fitness, radio and print media and Healthy mind healthy body. Athletes will also attend an overnight training camp and attend Clubs NSW Academy Games.

Program Outcomes

The skill program is designed to provide athletes with increased skills and education to better prepare them for competition nationally and internationally.


Subjectivity is an unavoidable element in all selections. Athletes who feel the selection criteria has not been adhered to should be aware that NIAS has a formal 'Appeals' process available.

Contact NIAS if you would like to make an appeal and recieve feedback on your application. 

Athlete Benefits

  • Intensive training support by quality and experienced basketball athletes
  • Life skills Education workshop including lunch for athlete.
  • Sydney tour - high level guest coaches and access to professional sporting environment
  • Sport Science fitness testing and support.
  • 1 Ticket to annual awards night.
  • Travel Assistance to attend NIAS regional training sessions and camps.
  • Financial assistance if selected into state team.
  • Fully Paid Athlete Levy scholarships due to financial hardship available.

Athlete Commitments

Attend all program activities.

  • Basketball is no 1 priority sport while on scholarship.
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to their development, both in and out of the arena.
  • Comply with the training requirements and respond in a positive manner to any suggestion or criticism.
  • Maintain an appropriate performance standard to continue to receive a scholarship.
  • Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner when representing the NIAS and its sponsors.
  • Wear Academy apparel when representing the Academy at events.
  • Make yourself available (within reason) to sponsors and the media for promotional purposes.
  • Adhere to NIAS Anti-Doping policy.
  • Maintain communication with NIAS and coaching staff as required. 
  • Assist/Volunteer at the NIAS National Primary Games 


Athlete levy:  $190 GST inclusive.  This levy covers training camps, coaching support, Life Skills Education Day, fitness testing, Awards Night ticket)
Sports Trip:  $190 GST inclusive. This is an approximate number, can change depending on tour activities.

Academy Games: $250 GST inclusive. This is for the female athletes selected to represent NIAS at the Academy Games.

Basketball Clothing Pack:  $TBC (Includes NIAS polo shirt, cap, training shirt, training shorts, tracksuit pants, hoodie and ankle socks).  Additional NIAS merchandise can be purchased.

Athlete levy support programs are available for those experiencing financial difficulty.


Open Date: 07 September 2020
Close Date: 10 October 2020

For further information please contact the NIAS office on 67 662526 or email

Athlete Information

Height (cm)*
Weight (kg)*

Parent/Guardian Contact Details

Fathers Name*
Fathers Phone Number*
Mothers Name*
Mothers Phone Number*
Parent Email*
Council LGA*

Medical Details

Medicare No*
Family Doctor
Family Doctor Ph Number
Do you have any injuries*
Permission to Call Ambulance*
Emergency Contact*
Emergency Mobile No*
Do you suffer from any known allergies?*
Member of Private health Fund
Fund Name
Fund Member Number
Medical Operations/Conditions*
Ambulance Cover with Private Health

Sport Information

Lonestar Sport (if applicable)
Golf H'cap (if applicable)
Current Club/Association*
Coach Name
Coach Mobile
Level of Competition/Representation
Level of Competition/Representation
Level of Competition/Representation
Additional Information
How long have you played/competed*
Preferred Position*
What are your goals with your sport*
Who is your favourite Athlete?*
Greatest Influence on your Sports career*


Athlete declaration*
I have read the NIAS Terms and Conditions, NIAS Drug Policy and the NIAS Athlete Code of Ethics documents and if selected, I agree to fulfil all obligations to the Academy outlined in these documents.
Parent Declaration*
I have read the NIAS Terms and Conditions, NIAS Drug Policy and the NIAS Athlete Code of Ethics documents and if selected, I agree to fulfil all obligations to the Academy outlined in these documents.