2019 boys NIAS "Tamworth City Toyota" Basketball Program:

Max Rumble                Tamworth

Nash Porter                 Werris Creek

Jack Murdoch              Tamworth

Blair Kedzlie                Tamworth

Masashinge Akioka     Tamworth

Sean Lewis                  Tamworth

Will Berton                  Tamworth

Keenan Davis              Quirindi

Clancy Mullen             Oakland

Sol Arranz                    Tamworth

Cory McClelland         Glen Innes


Development Players

Harrison Barton          Hallsville

John Harris                  Armidale

Tom Parsons               Werris Creek



Marley Pitt                  Tamworth

Arianna Klein               Tamworth

Georgia Sheppard       Tamworth

Brianna Clark              Quirindi

Mia Darcy                   Tamworth

Zali Humble                 Tamworth

Josie Humble               Tamworth

Mia Kennedy               Tamworth

Angela McCubbin        Manilla

Bree Luckey                 Tamworth

Jamiah Hunt                Werris Creek


Development Players

Charlotte Leonard       Nemingha

Gabby Higgins             Tamworth



Coaching Staff

Program Mentor: Greg O’Toole

Boys Head Coach: Jono Willis

Boys Assistant Coach: Matt Parsons

Boys Assistant Coach: TBA

Girls Head Coach: Matt Hobson

Girls Assistant Coach: Josie Chick (Former NIAS athlete)

Application Details

Who is Eligible

Athletes should be aged 14 or 15 in 2019 (born in 2004 and 2005) and be residing in Northern Inland region.  We will also  have up to five under age (i.e. 13 in 2019/born in 2006) to form a development squad.   

Selection Process

Trials will be taking place Saturday October 27, 9am-1pm. Tamworth Sports Dome.

The squad will consist of 20 athletes, 10 male and 10 female.

Program year

Scholarship offered is for the period October 2018 to May 2019

Program Outcomes

The skill program is designed to provide athletes with increased skills and education to better prepare them for competition nationally and internationally.

Selection Criteria

Athletes will be assessed on the following criteria at selections trials or via Talent Identification processes.

  1. T- Technique
  2. I- Intelligence (Basketball).
  3. P- Physical Attributes
  4. S- Skill
  5. Endurance- 20m shuttle run


Subjectivity is an unavoidable element in all selections. Athletes who feel the selection criteria has not been adhered to should be aware that NIAS has a formal 'Appeals' process available.

Program content

Program year will consist of the following: 

- Weekend regional training days (over 30 hours of coaching time)

Session 1 - Saturday November 9

Session 2 - Saturday November 24

Session 3 - Saturday December 8

Session 4 - Saturday February 9

Session 5 - Saturday March 2

Session 6 - Saturday March 30

- NIAS GROWTH day - Educational component  - Sunday February 10 - Armidale

- Sydney tour weekend - (specialist coaching including games at Newington College) - Friday March 15 to Sunday March 17 (TBC)

- ClubsNSW Academy Games Friday April 12 to Sunday April 14

- Annual Academy Awards Night  -TBC

Athlete Benefits

  • Intensive training support by quality and experienced basketball athletes
  • Lifeskills GROWTH workshop including lunch for athlete.
  • Sydney tour - high level guest coaches and access to professional sporting environment
  • Sport Science fitness testing and support.
  • 1 Ticket to annual awards night.
  • Travel Assistance to attend NIAS regional training sessions and camps.
  • Financial assistance if selected into state team.
  • Fully Paid Athlete Levy scholarships due to financial hardship available.

Athlete Commitments

Attend all program activities.

  • Basketball is no 1 priority sport while on scholarship.
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to their development, both in and out of the arena.
  • Comply with the training requirements and respond in a positive manner to any suggestion or criticism.
  • Maintain an appropriate performance standard to continue to receive a scholarship.
  • Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner when representing the NIAS and its sponsors.
  • Wear Academy apparel when representing the Academy at events.
  • Make yourself available (within reason) to sponsors and the media for promotional purposes.
  • Adhere to NIAS Anti-Doping policy.
  • Maintain communication with NIAS and coaching staff as required. 
  • Assist/Volunteer at the NIAS National Primary Games 


Athlete levy:  $190 GST inclusive.  This levy covers training camps, coaching support, GROWTH day, fitness testing, Awards Night ticket)
Sports Trip:  $TBC GST inclusive
Academy Games TBC
 GST inclusive
Basketball Clothing Pack:  TBC Approx $250 GST inclusive (ordered from and paid to SportsPower Armidale, includes NIAS polo shirt, cap, training shirt, training shorts, tracksuit pants, hoodie and ankle socks).  Additional NIAS merchandise can be purchased from SportsPower Armidale.

Athlete levy support programs are available for those experiencing financial difficulty.


Open Date: 8 August 2018
Close Date: 9 November 2018

For further information please contact the NIAS office on 67 662526 or email

Applications currently closed