Online Applications

The 2020/2021 NIAS Basketball program applications are now CLOSED and the final squads have been selected. 

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2021 "Tamworth City Toyota" Basketball Program:

Boys Squad

Yasutomo Akioka Tamworth
Harrison Barton Hallsville
Alex  Brown  Tamworth
Cooper Holzigal Tamworth
Reid Humble Tamworth
Zachary Lasker Tamworth
Kolby Martin Glen Innes
Samiel Morris Tamworth
Harrison Parker Quirindi
Tom Parsons Werris Creek
Sam Peeters Tamworth
Lucas Percy Quirindi
Billy Ryan Tamworth
Charlie Whale Moore Creek


Girls Squad

Miley Clark Quirindi
Bridie Douglas Quirindi
Gabrielle Higgins Tamworth
Hannah Hurley Moore Creek
Bella McCarthy Willow Tree
Emma Rumble Tamworth
Katie Sheppard Moore Creek
Georgie Williams Hillvue
Emily Wood Daruka

Development Players

Eva Flick South Tamworth 
Sophie McMullen Tamworth

Program Staff

Boys Head Coach: Matt Hobson

Girls Head Coach: Greg Irwin

Assistant Coach: Matt Parsons

Assistant Coach: Sonja Taylor

Assistant Coach: Ben Pierce

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
  • Attendance at the NIAS Life Skills Education Weekend (off-field education).
  • 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: 10 February 2020
Close Date: 23 February 2021

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

Applications currently closed


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