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Coach Nomination applications are open until Friday 25th October, Download form here or at our website.   

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

Boys Assistant Coach: TBA

Girls Head Coach: Matt Hobson

Girls Assistant Coach: Sonja Taylor

Application Details

Who is Eligible

Athletes should be aged 14 or 15 in 2020 (born in 2005 and 2006) and be residing in Northern Inland region.  We will also  have up to five under age (i.e. 13 in 2020/born in 2006) to form a development squad.   

Selection Process

Trials will be taking place in November, 2019. Date TBC

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

Program year

Scholarship offered is for the period October 2019 to May 2020

Program Outcomes

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

Selection Criteria

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


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.

Program content

Program year will consist of the following: 

- Weekend regional training days (over 30 hours of coaching time)

- One overnight training camp in Gunnedah. Date TBC

Session 1 - Date TBC

Session 2 - Date TBC

Session 3 - Date TBC

Session 4 - Date TBC

Session 5 - Date TBC

Session 6 - Date TBC

- NIAS Life Skills Education Day - Educational component  - Date TBC

- Sydney tour weekend - (specialist coaching including games at Newington College)  (TBC)

- ClubsNSW Academy Games Friday April 2rd-5th 2020

- Annual Academy Awards Night  -TBC

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: 26 August 2019
Close Date: 16 January 2020

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

Applications currently closed