Objectives & Vision

Our Objectives

To foster, assist & promote basketball by providing development opportunities throughout Canterbury and the wider South Island region.

  • Utilise basketball as a medium for social outcomes including growth of well rounded, holistic, community service focused individuals who contribute to society in a positive manner.
  • Increase participation & involvement of young people from higher deprivation areas by creating opportunities & removing barriers.
  • Support development for junior players & coaches by providing resources to help participants be successful on and off court.
  • Identify & create pathways to unleash potential in young people & coaches in areas of leadership, education & careers.

How we Achieve Our Objectives

  • The trust works in partnerships throughout Canterbury & the wider South Island region.
  • The trust employs highly capable staff including Mike Fitchett to lead the top of the South Island (Tasman) region.
  • The trust has access to the Canterbury Rams (National Basketball League) players to support the delivery of the in-schools coaching & mentoring programmes. The Rams enjoy a high profile & strong community support throughout Canterbury and as such can achieve maximum ’buy-in’ from schools, students & community groups. 
  • The Rams is the only organisation in the region with the operational capacity to support the delivery of these programmes on a large scale.
  • The trust has a large amount of voluntary contribution assisting to maximise the resources available.

Strong Governance

  • Trust is governed by a board with a range of expertise including business acumen, financial knowledge, basketball strategic planning and governance.
  • The trust is focussed on robust accountability processes which will be included with applications.
  • A priority of the trust is to build relationships with key stakeholders throughout Canterbury & the South Island basketball community to ensure programmes are complimentary between organisations.
  • The trusts activities are supported by Basketball New Zealand.


  • Second largest sport by participation in country (44.9% increase in players over last decade – School Sport NZ 2019).
  • Wide reach across gender, ethnic and socio economic groups.
  • Informal participation allows for easy & inclusive access.
  • Participation offers mental and physical health benefits through activity, fun and connection.
  • Local role models can be used to promote positive social outcomes.
  • Basketball offers unique life, education and vocational experiences including US College scholarships.