Midnight basketball gears up for its sixth tournament in Liverpool

Midnight Basketball is tipping off in Liverpool again this May and the volunteer management committee is looking for more helpers.

Midnight Basketball is a national, community-run program held in a safe environment for 12-18 year old 'at risk' youth.

“It is a positive, highly structured and life-changing activity filling a gap during the high risk periods of Friday and Saturday nights,” Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said.

“The highly successful Liverpool program is held over eight weeks, with each tournament night including a hot, nutritious dinner, a compulsory life skills workshop and at least three games of competitive basketball. A bus then takes all players home to their front door around midnight.

“The Liverpool Committee is looking for people to help make it happen.

“There are Committee Roles to suit all types of experience, and they are looking for people with different skills from a range of sectors in the community – whether your professional experience is in business, sport, education, training, media, youth services through to a volunteering organisation, you can make a valuable contribution.

“Committee roles include Chair, Volunteer Manager, Logistics Manager, Workshop Manager, Youth Manager, Finance Manager, Fundraising and Support Manager and Media Manager, and keep in mind there are assistant roles for each if that suits you more.”

Midnight Basketball National CEO Tess White said that having run nearly 250 tournaments nationally, with over 100,000 youth attendances, Midnight Basketball Australia has identified that a strong local Committee is one of the key success factors.

“We see this correlate very strongly with success and sustainability of local programs and so encourage local community individuals to get involved on the local Volunteer Management Committee,” Ms White said.

“We have so much feedback from individuals who tell us that although this was the first time they had been involved in a youth program, they couldn’t believe how useful their skills were and also, how much they got out of being involved in such a practical program to help local teenagers.

“Volunteers are the backbone of Midnight Basketball across the country. They provide a safe, happy and co-operative environment and also provide the opportunity for youth participants to engage with a diverse range of community members who impart knowledge, kindness, friendship and access to future opportunities.”

Register online at www.midnightbasketball.org.au/Liverpool or email

Liverpool@midnightbasketball.org.au for more information.