Fifteen Newman Senior High School students were recently given the chance to gain accreditation as basketball coaches as part of a program run by the YMCA and Basketball WA. The course was part of the Hotshotz Youth Basketball program, funded by BHP and the State Government, and saw Basketball WA trainer Cassandra Ward come to town to teach the kids basic skills required to take charge of a basketball game. The students who completed the course received an accreditation meaning they can now get paid for officiating games around town. Aside from the 15 NSHS students, four Remote School Attendance Strategy staff also took part in the program. BHP program spokesperson Ashleigh Vann said the course would benefit the entire community. “These students now have an opportunity to build on the skills acquired by refereeing the Saturday night games, with the potential to get paid for their services, which not only helps the students to develop, but will also support Hotshotz Youth Basketball to have referees for all games”. The Hotshotz Youth Basketball program for ages 11-17 is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and BHP Pilbara Education Partnership Rise Up Program.