Kings star happy to pass on tips

LEISURE CEN­TRE VI­TAL FOR SPORT­ING GROUPS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

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.”

Pic­ture: PETER KELLY

Syd­ney Kings bas­ket­baller An­gus Brandt con­ducts a coach­ing clinic at Rooty Hill Leisure Cen­tre on Mon­day.

Pic­ture: PETER KELLY

Kings player An­gus Brandt with An­dre Afienza, Pa­trick Galang, Jeri­cho Balag­tas and La­trel Vista.

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