FREE THROW: Greville Close sinks a shot for the Grey team during the finals of the Midnight Sports basketball competition at Raymond Laurie Sports Centre last year. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
FREE THROW: Greville Close sinks a shot for the Grey team during the finals of the Midnight Sports basketball competition at Raymond Laurie Sports Centre last year. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

Kids take to Midnight Sports program at Yamba

WHEN ALAN Grainger helped run the widely acclaimed Midnight Sports program in Yamba for the first time last year, he only expected 30 kids to rock up.

It was the first time it had been run at the coast Clarence Valley town and Grainger believed that figure was a good one to build on for future.

Much to his surprise and delight, between 45 and 50 kids attended the program every week.

"It exceeded all expectations," Grainger said.

"Our feeling was about 30 as a base but it managed to hold around that 45 figure for the whole program."

This will be the second time Grainger has been involved with the Midnight Sports program at Yamba, having also been involved with the last Grafton program.

It focuses on healthy living and good life choices, and seeks to equip the 12- to 18-year-old participants with skills they need for their future.

The sporting activities, which include basketball and futsal, are combined with nutritious meals, and workshops focus on life skills, job readiness and personal development.

While he was happy with the participation level last time, Grainger said he was keen to better the mark.

"Personally I'd like to beat it," Grainger said.

"I'm hoping word of mouth from the kids who experienced it last year will get around and that'll bring a few more in."

The program will run for six weeks at Yamba's Raymond Laurie Sports Centre, and starts on Friday, February 21.

Mayor Richie Williamson said the success of the program meant some new sports would be on offer.

All players and volunteers are invited to register before 6.30pm at the centre.



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