SPP 2017/18



The SBA is excited to announce that Basketball Victoria’s State Performance Program will return on October the 29th 2017 at Boardman Stadium. 

The SPP has been designed to be in alignment with, and underpin, the teachings and philosophies of the revamped National Performance Program (NPP) and the restructured Victorian National Intensive Training Program (NITP), which will allow for systematic and progressive identification, selection and development of Victorian athletes from 14 to 19 years that is sympathetic to, supportive of and collaborative with the elite programs of Basketball Victoria affiliate association members. 

The program will run for 15 weeks and will be led and run by SBA’s Director of Coaching, select SBA Coaches and will have special guest coaches in attendance on occasions. Over the course of the program players will be exposed to athlete screening, fitness testing and intense on court development. 

Players involved will be given the opportunity to purchase Victorian NITP training gear that they will train in when on court with the SPP program. Looking through the records of when the program was run last shorts and singlets cost about $50 each. Those who have BV or NITP branded gear will not need to purchase another set unless they choose to. Once we have closed registrations we will follow up with an order form for those who wish to purchase NITP/BV branded gear. 

The cost for each athlete will be $250.00 this is not including the NITP uniform. SBA players in 1st teams will be given the first opportunity to participate and register in the SPP. If space and resources allow it will then be offered to targeted players in other teams and age groups but will be at the Director of coaching’s discretion. 

SPP training sessions will be run from 6pm - 8pm on courts 1/2/3/4 Sundays at Eric Boardman Stadium on the following dates:



October 29th

November 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th

December 3rd, 10th & 17th 


January 21st & 28th

February 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th

March 4th


SPP Head Coaches

Kennedy Kereama

  • 2017 Big V Sunbury Jets State Championship Women's Coach
  • 2016 Big V Sunbury Jets Division 1 Championship Winning Women’s Coach
  • 2016 Big V Division 1 Women's Coach of the Year
  • 2010 - 2017 New Zealand Tall Ferns National Women’s Head Coach
  • 2007 - 2009 New Zealand Tall Ferns National Women’s Assistant Coach
  • 2012 - 2015 Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL)  Head Coach (West Coast Waves)
  • 2009 - 2011 South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) Head Coach (Albury/Wodonga & Sandringham)
  • 2009 SEABL Women’s Coach of the Year
  • 2008 Beijing Olympics Assistant Coach 
  • 2007 - 2008 WNBL Christchurch’ Sirens Assistant Coach 
  • 2007 Canterbury U21 Women’s National Championship Winning Coach 
  • 2007 Canterbury Sports Awards Team and Coach of the Year 
  • Diploma of Elite Sports Performance
  • Studying Bachelor Sports Coaching 
  • Federation International Basketball (FIBA) Mentor Coach (Fiji)


Chelsea Burns

Coaching Achievements/Experience: 


  • 2016 Big V Sunbury Jets Championship winning Captain/Assistant Coach
  • 2013 - 2015 Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) Assistant Coach (West Coast Waves)
  • 2013 - 2015 Woodvale Secondary College Girls Basketball Coordinator 
  • 2015 Head Coach of the School Sport WA (SSWA) All-Star team
  • 2014 Western Australia Women’s State team Assistant Coach
  • 2012 South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) Playing Assistant Coach
  • 2003 - 2009 Melbourne Tigers VJBL Head Coach (U14 - U18) U18 VC Championship winning Coach (2009)
  • NCAS Club Level Coaching Qualification 


Playing Achievements: 


  • 2016 Big V Sunbury Jets Championship winning Captain/Assistant Coach
  • 2016 Big V Division 1 Women’s Defensive Player of the Year & Golden Hands Award winner
  • 2015 - 2013 Wanneroo Wolves Women’s State Basketball League (WSBL) Championship winning Captain 2013
  • 2012 Kilsyth Cobras (SEABL) - Conference finalists 
  • 2009 - 2010 Dandenong Rangers (SEABL) - SEABL Champions 2010
  • 2007 - 2008 Bulleen Boomers (WNBL) - Team member
  • 2001 - 2006 Frankston Blues (SEABL) SEABL/ABA Championship winning player & All- Star 5 member 2004
  • 1999 - 2000 Melbourne Tigers (WNBL) - Team member
  • Victorian State Representative U20, U18, U16 and NITCP player


Christopher Tighe


  • 2017 Big V Sunbury Jets State Championship Women's Assistant Coach
  • 2016 Big V Sunbury Jets Division 1 Men’s Assistant Coach
  • Victoria Junior Basketball League (VJBL) U16.1 Sunbury Jets Girls Head Coach
  • Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science
  • National Basketball League (NBL) High Performance and Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Basketball Victoria State Performance Program (SPP) Coach
  • Queensland North Junior Basketball Championship (QNJBC)/ Queensland State Championship (QSC) Coach
  • NACS Club Level Qualification
  • Nationally Accredited Coach Education Course Presenter 


For all SBA VJBL 1st team players aged between 14 - 19 who want to be involved in a Basketball Victorian program please follow this link to our online registration form https://goo.gl/forms/DimqTjU8Tnh4zGfj2.

Spots on this program will be limited, as we only want to work with a ratio of 2 coaches to every 8 players maximum. Registrations will close on the 30th of June 2017. If you require more information please feel free to call me at the office on 9744 4762. 

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