The Collingwood Basketball Association’s signature Youth Development Program has taken a major step forward with the appointment of respected former NBL championship player and coach, Darren Perry, to the role of Head Coach.

Perry comes to Collingwood after a professional playing career spanning more than 250 games over 10 years in the NBL, including with the 1987 Brisbane Bullets and 1992 South East Melbourne Magic championship teams. His extensive and enviable decade-long coaching track record includes stints as Head Coach of Australia’s U19 Emus in the FIBA World Cup and being named Basketball Victoria’s Coach of the Year in 2017. Perry most recently spent several years coaching the Dandenong Rangers NBL1 Senior Men’s team.

Aimed at participants aged 10-22, the Youth Development Program offers players in Melbourne’s city and inner-north from a range of socio-economic and diverse backgrounds the opportunity to play basketball, be supported in their education, develop their life skills, find pathways for their future and contribute to the positive growth of their communities.

“The Youth Development Program is a great example of the valuable work that the Collingwood Basketball Association does and we’re thrilled to have Darren on board to strengthen this innovative and important program,” said Collingwood Basketball Association President, Julia Jamieson.

“His work will be a terrific boost to both our program participants and current coaching staff, as Darren will help to lift their skill levels while reinforcing the program’s core values of personal development and community contribution along the way.”

“I’m looking forward to working with the team at Collingwood,” said Perry, who will take up his new role in late May.

“The club has a great vision for building an environment where young players can get a start in basketball, develop as a player and a person through their journey and have the opportunity to find a future in the game as a high level player or coach, all while enjoying a strong sense of community and positive connection to Collingwood.”

Collingwood Basketball Association is a not-for-profit community based basketball club featuring a variety of competitions and programs played under the Collingwood All Stars banner. With a strong community focus and with essential support from many volunteers, our association has been recognised by sporting and government bodies for its inclusion and multiculturalism.

Anyone wishing to learn more or to contribute to Collingwood Basketball’s community aspirations, via the Youth Development Program, is welcome to contact the club to discuss participation, donation and sponsorship opportunities. You can also read more about the program here.

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