Unique Community,

Unique Challenges

The Collingwood Basketball Association doesn’t just strategize for our next game—we look at the larger picture beyond the court. To us, basketball is bigger than winning or losing: the framework builds proficiencies and life lessons they will carry with them throughout their life. From teamwork to commitment and entrusting responsibility, we believe
the boys and girls that come through our program will be enriched with a strong skillset to utilise in future vocations.

Building blocks are at the core of program: if we develop and build fundamental skills in our youth at a young age, and foster those skills through strength and conditioning, academic support, resilience, and mental health care, we believe the sky is the limit for what our youth can achieve.

Even outside of a tournament, we want to pass the ball to our program’s participants and watch them score a slam dunk in whichever path they


The City of Yarra Local Government Area is home to the largest population of public housing residents in Victoria with over 8,000 people. This makes up almost 10% of Yarra’s total population.

Victoria (as a State) is home to the largest concentration of Sudanese migrants. The 2016 census reveals 8,416 Sudanese-born migrants live in Victoria, with a majority in our community.

The statistics reveal our youth are among some of the most vulnerable in Australia, and it is our mission to reach them and give them a sense of purpose and positive outlook.


Our average Offense Rate is 75% higher than the state average, with 62% of offences occurring in our community’s backyard between Collingwood, Fitzroy, Abbotsford, and Fitzroy North.

In the year prior to March 2021, the City of Yarra recorded the 7th highest LGA incidence rate for offences (per 100,000 people.)

10% of all crimes committed in our community are committed by youth ages 10-22, according to Crime Statistics Agency data.

25% of these crimes recorded indicated the offender’s country of birth as being from Africa (not including those born in Australia with African heritage.)

According to the Victorian Government’s Youth Justice Strategic Plan, 2020-2030 (published May 2020,  “young people from culturally and linguistically diverse groups are over-represented in Youth Justice, particularly those from Sudanese, Maori and Pacific Islander backgrounds.”

The CRA looks to reduce the amount of crime within our community by giving at-risk youth a positive outlet to focus their energy and harness their athletic, social, and intellectual abilities.


Patterns emerge linking youth crime to anti-social behaviour and idle time, as indicated in decades of research and literature.

Sport and physical activity interventions are highly effective in preventing crime and reducing substance abuse, homelessness, unemployment, and school truancy, as well as improving mental health, according to the Australian Institute of Criminology in its 2003 report, Sport, Physical Activity and Antisocial Behaviour. This research has also been corroborated in a 2017 Sport England report.

Teamwork is also a pillar of our program’s positive fortification: social connections through sport improve self-esteem, carry a positive connotation with peer associations, develop emotional skills and facilitate strong communication between family members, says a 2020 KPMG report.

By actively engaging in a structured-schedule sport activity, this reduces the amount of unsupervised down time and possibility to engage in anti-social behaviour. Alongside physical activity, the brain cognition required for playing basketball reduces boredom.

Sport plays a role not only in preventing individuals from committing their first crime, but also past criminals from additional offences.