The Perth Wildcats will play the Lithuanian National Team in an official NBL pre-season match in Mandurah on Saturday, August 6.
Sport and Recreation Minister Bob Kucera said the State Government would support the match with a $10,000 grant through the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme.
“This is going to be a great game, with about 900 people expected to pack out the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre,” Mr Kucera said.
“The Perth Wildcats are excellent ambassadors for basketball and have a great history of taking the game outside the metropolitan area, which the Gallop Government is pleased to support because it ensures the regions gain their fair share.”
The Minister said as well as the drawcard event, Perth Wildcats team members - including head coach Scott Fisher - would conduct specialist clinics to help develop coaches and players in the Peel region.
“They will also provide clinics for young indigenous people and youth at risk,” Mr Kucera said.
“The Wildcats players and their support team will be working closely with the Mandurah Magic Basketball Association to stage this large-scale event.
“The bonus will be the experience gained by staff and volunteers of the MMBA in putting on major events.”
The Minister said as this was an official pre-season event, there would be a number of representatives who had played at the international and Olympic level.
There would also be accredited officials and coaching staff on hand, giving Peel-based counterparts an opportunity to pick up some valuable tips.
Previously, the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme has supported Perth Wildcats matches NBL matches in Kalgoorlie and Bunbury.
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