Blackburn Vikings Basketball Association (BVBA) provides representative basketball to players of all ages looking to both develop their basketball and play at the highest level.
The junior program is apart of the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL), the largest competition in Victoria with teams from all over the state. Currently there are 32 representative teams (Boys and Girls) from under 12’s to under 20’s.
The senior program encompasses a senior men and women’s team competing in the Big V. The program offers an opportunity for players who have been through the junior program at Vikings or elsewhere to continue their basketball at the senior level.
In addition, the association offers development programs, an over 35’s league and the opportunity for it’s players to travel to the United States as part of the clubs bi-annual USA Tour.
The Blackburn Vikings basketball Association Inc (BVBA) was established in 1990.
The Association was initially formed to enable Nunawading Vikings domestic players to compete at an elite level in the State junior competitions run by the VBA. A separate legal entity was formed with its own constitution and committee.
In those early days Norm Young – President, Mark Evans – Secretary and Ray Cowin Treasurer guided the fledgling club continuing the Vikings edict as a community based organisation providing opportunities for the youth of the area to learn and play the game of basketball in a safe and structured environment. These principles remain core to the clubs philosophy today.
The club has continued to grow and prosper and can boast the provision of a quality program that has produced a high proportion of teams competing at Vic Championship and high Metro level as well as State Representatives.
In 2014 the club entered 25 boys and girls teams in all age levels including 4 Vic Championship teams.
The club prides itself on providing quality coaching and continuing education and development of its coaches as a cornerstone of its junior program.
The club provides programs and opportunities for young players to develop a career path with the ability to play at the highest junior level, participate in Tours to the USA which has become a regular feature of the program and the opportunity to progress through to the Senior ranks in the state wide Big V competition.
The club ensures the core of its senior teams is made up of Blackburn Vikings junior players. BVBA has an exciting future. With a sound financial base and initiatives being implemented both on the court and off the court the program is in excellent shape to grow and prosper in a competitive environment and to enjoy continued and sustainable success.