Kings star happy to pass on tips
LEISURE CENTRE VITAL FOR SPORTING GROUPS
SYDNEY Kings star Angus Brandt has spent time coaching basketball juniors at Rooty Hill Leisure Centre, which has survived the threat of closure.
DESPITE rumours that it would be closed, Rooty Hill Leisure Centre has come back better than ever in 2016.
Blacktown Council confirmed this week that the centre would not be taken over by the YMCA as previously planned.
A council spokeswoman told The Standard the centre would continue to be used by the Blacktown Workers Basketball Association.
“YMCA has, however, advised that it no longer wishes to enter into the usage agreement for Rooty Hill Leisure Centre because of a change to its corporate strategy,” she said.
“The current tenant is able to continue in the centre while council considers options for its future use.”
THE Sydney Kings dropped into Rooty Hill Leisure Centre on Monday, celebrating its return to the Blacktown Workers Basketball Association.
Blacktown Council announced on Monday that the YMCA had backed out of their previous agreement to take over the centre.
The Kings helped aspiring players with everything from dribbling to dunking.
Association head coach Mcgerry Alfonso said he organised the event to reinvigorate the centre.
“We want to make sure the public know that Rooty Hill Leisure Centre isn’t closing.” Alfonso said.
“We were very excited the Sydney Kings agreed to come down and encourage the players, some kids had never played basketball before so it was very important to us.”
Alfonso said he was pleased to hear the centre would not be closing.
“I have been coaching at the centre for the past four years now, our club has grown from having one team to now having seven so the centre is very important to these kids and their parents,” he said.
“There are thousands of people that would be affected if the centre closed. We are just one of the many groups who use it.”
Sydney Kings basketballer Angus Brandt conducts a coaching clinic at Rooty Hill Leisure Centre on Monday.
Kings player Angus Brandt with Andre Afienza, Patrick Galang, Jericho Balagtas and Latrel Vista.