The Morning Bulletin

Slammers clinic trains future stars

THE Tweed Coast Slammers Basketball club has been running skill clinics for the under-12s at Banora Stadium for the last 20 weeks.

This period wrapped up last Wednesday with a visit from Gold Coast Blaze star Chris Goulding.

Last year Luke Whitehead set the benchmark for his great relationship with the kids, but I have to say Chris Goulding smashed it.

We had just the best afternoon.

Chris was fantastic and had the kids attention for the whole hour, which is pretty hard with six year olds.

Chris was the 'Junior Recruit of the Year' in 2008 when he was with the Brisbane Bullets, was named in the Boomers squad for 2009 while at Perth Wildcats, and is now a fully fledged Gold Coast man.

The Slammers are one of the smallest clubs on the Gold Coast but we always get support from the Blaze, especially this year with new coach Joey Wright on board.

Joey believes in starting from the bottom and supporting the little clubs like us.

He has quite a few plans for the upcoming season to lend financial support to clubs like the Tweed Slammers, and will make himself and players much more available to our clubs and the general public.

Anything we need, he will provide if possible, we are not to be afraid to ask.

They want to form a strong bond with the junior clubs, and it sounds like they are willing to do the work to make sure this happens and plan to hold one free players clinic per month, rotating through our clubs.

The Blaze return 10 per cent of all ticket sales and memberships ordered through the Slammers which is fantastic.

Ticket prices are very affordable this year and family packages include four children not two.

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