Toorak Basketball Club is a community club with 30 junior teams and more than 200 players. We welcome boys and girls from under 7s to under 21s and currently field teams in both Playball and Waverley Basketball Associations.
Our focus is on providing a fun and safe environment for young people of all skill levels. We aim to build every player's self-esteem and teach them the importance of good sports behaviour, a team-first attitude and the value of hard work.
The Club has five key objectives:
To be an accessible club that provides any child the opportunity to play basketball
Promote basketball and grow participation
Advocate for better basketball facilities
Provide opportunities for players and coaches to participate at the highest levels
Establish and maintain cordial relations with our sporting bodies
The Toorak Basketball Club had humble beginnings back in 2006. Two parents from Toorak Primary School, Stuart Burriss and Sarah Murphy, established a grade one girls team called the Toorak Titans. Stuart and Sarah wanted their daughters to go through school in a supportive group environment that incorporated the added bonus of hard work, robust physical health and good sportsmanship.
The second team, a mixed boys and girls team going by the moniker, Toorak Trouble, was not added until 2010. Team success and the obvious health and strength benefits of the visible, physical training and competition had more and more people interested in joining and the need to form new teams. Often a team would grow so large that they would split, forming two teams and occasionally three. A practice that continues to this day.
Year on year growth saw the number of teams swell to around 25. While Toorak Primary School was where the club began, the Club has players from all over the local community and eight teams with secondary school aged players.
In 2020, the Club formally incorporated as a non-for-profit club.
Toorak Basketball Club has become a success through the hard work of many volunteer parents and past players. As a non-for-profit organisation, we continue to rely on our strong culture of participation of our parents.
To that end, the Toorak Basketball Club Board consists of eight parents who help manage and drive the growth of the Club.
Sean Hanneberry, President
Tom Armour, Vice President
Alicia Brown, Treasurer
Arthur Tsiafogiannis, Director of Coaching
Stuart Burriss, Director of Operations
Teagan Rogers, Secretary
Dr. Claudia Haake, Grants
Rob Harper, Club Counsel
For further information about the club, please contact Sean Hanneberry via email at firstname.lastname@example.org