The Templar Warriors Newsletter

Issue Number 12

Wednesday, 12th October, 2022

News, announcments and updates

September Holiday Camp our best yet!

We have just completed our third and most successful camp for 2022. Over two weeks we had five sell-out days, lots of kids, lots of skills, drills, games, basketball and most importantly fun.

Our kids at camp enjoyed the coaching of BIG V Men players Joe Davis and Jon Kirkman along with veteran coach Bob Mann. If they didn’t walk away learning something from these three then they simply weren’t trying. 

Happily, we can report that not only did they learn some new things, but they had a lot of fun doing so.

At the BMBA our goal is to run camps that do more than others. We want to teach the kids and give them some fun while they are learning, we also want to provide them with some positive recreation while giving their parents a break for the holidays. All of this is achieved with our camps being run and conducted by people with legitimate basketball experience. Another difference with our camps is that our kid’s parents receive “How to Videos” covering skills that we teach at our camps. In doing this we can then continue to build on our camp participant’s skills in between camps and advane them when they enrol for the next one. 

From the feedback we are receiving this camp structure is proving to be very popular indeed.

Pinewood Primary School loving our clinics

We have just finished our first week at the largest school we have visited conducting our FREE basketball clinics.

Pinewood Primary School in Mount Waverley has over 950 students, and to say we had a great time would be an understatement. All day, every day of the first week of the school term we enjoyed the privilege of coaching and working with Pinewood PS students.

The kids were both polite and engaged and demonstrated some real potential. The staff were welcoming and supportive and it was great for us to receive their appreciation for our efforts and their feedback.

With so many students we will be spending two weeks at the school. In our first week, we concentrated on ball-handling skills and this week we will be going over shooting and having some fun games for the kids.

This week we will be conducting a massive session with over 120 Grade Six Pinewood students all at once. That will be both exciting and fun for all involved.

From this, we are looking forward to building a strong relationship with the school. Pinewood now makes it twenty schools that we have conducted clinics at or have arranged for in 2022. We are looking forward to continuing to build on that number in 2023.


Registrations for After-School Training Sessions
for term 4 are now open!

Registrations are now open for our Term Four BMBA After School elite-level training sessions. We now have a variety of days, sessions and venues for parents and students to choose from. 

In term 4 we will be conducting after-school training sessions at St Michael’s Grammar in St Kilda, McKinnon Primary School in Ormond and Wellington Secondary College in Mulgrave.

These sessions are conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

Through our sessions we conduct the following training program –

Kids First Basketball:- This is an introductory program for those just starting out in the game between 5 and 10 years of age. This is an ideal program for kids to learn fundamental skills in a low-pressure environment before starting in a competition. Sessions are predominately conducted by junior coaches with expereince at representative level or who have trained within our program previously. They will be under the supervision of our more expereinced coaches.

Basketball Plus:- These sessions are aimed at juniors playing in local domestic competitions who would like to receive extra training to develop their games through acquiring better skill sets and game knowledge. Sessions are conducted by experienced coaches to an elite level.

IDP Training:- This training is aimed at players who are already playing at a high level, such as representative basketball players, who want more intensive training to improve in all areas of their game. Sessions are conducted by experienced coaches to an elite level.


To obtain more information and to register for term four CLICK HERE

We have just added Westall Primary School to our training venue options

Another Term and another new venue added to our BMBA training options. We have just added morning sessions on Thursdays at Westall Primary School between 7:00 am and 8:30 am.

This means we are now conducting BMBA sessions at 

  • St Michaels Grammar
  •  McKinnon Primary School
  •  Wellington Secondary College 
  • Westall Primary School

We are excited by this development as we can now give more juniors from more regions, more opportunities to improve their basketball. 

With training programs being conducted at four venues in three regions, across five days each week, we can now recruit participants from several LGA’s and provide them with some legitimate options for training.

If your school has an indoor gym and you would like to have us running sessions for your students after hours then please get in touch with us today.

To check out all our session details and what we have to offer through our programs, please  CLICK HERE.

Would your school like to build a partnership with us?

Would your school be interested in working in partnership with us?

We are looking for school venues to establish as headquarter venues for our BMBA program where we can develop both school teams for their various school competitions and BMBA representative teams to enter into domestic competitions.

We would be looking to develop morning and afternoon sessions where children and parents can have the convenience of having a training session before going to classes. after finishing classes or in the evening.

We would be open to establishing such a partnership with either a primary or secondary school. Ideally, your school would have an indoor gym, but if not and you are still keen, then we would be happy to discuss options.

Once established your students would have weekly access to high-level coaches with playing or coaching experience at a high level. These coaches would then look after school teams in tournaments and competitions and your school would have a first-class sports program embedded within its curriculum.

There would be terrific benefits for your school, for your students and of course for our BMBA program. We would love to hear from you to discuss this further if you would be interested in such a partnership.

Teams for tournaments, competitions and tours

We are searching for junior boys and girls from U10’s through to U18’s to form teams to represent the BMBA in competitions, tournaments and tours.

This will ultimately also include tours to the USA and Europe. We will be looking at our first USA tour at the end of next year. Interested players would need a 12 month lead in time to prepare for such a tour. This will include, training, competitions and tournaments. It will also include time to save money aand raise funds to cover such a trip.

These are exciting opportunities for students who love their basketball. If you think you would have such students interested, then we would love to come out to your school promote these opportunities to them and answer any questions that they may have.Teaching staff may be also interested in getting invovled as we will need chaparones and team assistants on tour.

In the next edition we will be providing further details about this exciting service addition to our program, but if you know of any students who would be interested right now then please give them our contact details so we can discuss this with them straight away. 

Alternatively, contact us to arrange a visit to your school.


Zoom Q and A. Ask us your questions online

We want to allow interested parents, teachers, school staff and juniors to gather more information about the BMBA while also being able to ask questions of us about our programs, our people and our objectives. So we decided to arrange this through Zoom Q and A meetings where you can do all of this from the comfort of your own home.

These meetings will be conducted every Sunday evening at 7:00pm. To obtain a registration link for these Zoom sessions please CLICK HERE.

Check out what's happening at the BMBA

There is plenty happening at the BMBA at the moment. Opportunities to join teams, register for a holiday camp or an after-school training program and for a few weeks received two programs for the price of one. Check it all out by clicking on the images below.



Can you help us spread the word?

Last week we finished delivering in person a letter, an A3 poster and ten B5 flyers to over 120 primary and secondary schools. The flyer/poster is shown on the right. We would be so grateful if you can help us to raise awareness of our new program and what it offers for both your school and your students.

To continue to be able to provide our clinics to schools we need participants to register with any one of our fantastic programs. We now have high-standard venues and quality coaches who provide high-level independent training and coaching. This has meant that in a very short time we have put together an amazing basketball product especially for juniors.  To nourish and grow our programs though, we need people to register their kids into the program. 

In doing so this will enable us to continue to come out to schools such as yours to run our clinics

You can help us to build this program so it remains in place for your students and schools for years to come by spreading the word about our program. 

You can right-click on the image on the right to share it on social media, or you can left-click to go to a PDF version that you can print and distribute to friends, families and associates.

Why the Templars?

We chose the Templars as we believe some values are eternal.

We don’t just want our symbol/mascot to project strength and tenacity, we want it to be something that defines our culture and the values we want to embed amongst our participants and players.

While the Templar Knights were fierce Medieval Warriors, they also lived by a code of honour, respect, courage and they dedicated their lives to self-sacrifice in the pursuit of servitude towards others.

We believe that this represents the culture we want to build within our program perfectly.

Younger Kids

We do our best to group participants to match their ages and abilities as much as possible. This ensures the kids obtain as much enjoyment as possible from their time with us. Generally, for younger kids, the emphasis is as much on having some fun while being taught some new skills to use in their domestic games or programs.

In teaching these skills we do so as much as possible through drill formats with the kids in teams and engaging in competitive drills with plenty of encouragement and with more emphasis on attempting to use their newly taught skills as on winning. 

Older Kids

For our older groups, we teach them more through simulated match situations and scrimmage games. Drills are still used but with the mindset of using these drills to develop skills for games situations and then putting them into those game situations.

While still focusing on enjoyment and fun, older participants are normally looking for more challenging training and coaching with a greater emphasis on competition and challenges with the skills being taught. 


Our training is designed for both boys and girls. Where numbers permit we organise girls into “girl only” groups which make things more enjoyable for the girls. We also design different skills challenges for the girl’s groups.

In the unusual event (especially in the older groups) that a girl or girls would prefer to join in with the boys, we would look at that situation where capabilities permit it.


Of course, our training is open for boys as well.  As with the girls, we look to form them into boys-only groups. This again is dependent on the number of enrolments we have.

These groups are sorted along both age and capability lines as well as keeping kids in their friendship groups where possible. Most importantly, as best as possible we place participants in groups where they are comfortable with their current skill level and where they can obtain the most enjoyment from their participation in the BMBA program.

For the more motivated

We also have groups for those players who are more motivated and wish to obtain more serious training to improve their game. We can either form them into a separate group or embed them in a group and simply provide them with more challenging drills and skills for them to use and learn from.

They will receive condensed high-level coaching and drills that will challenge them and help them improve their current skills considerably or learn new ones for future games and opportunities.

Our Coaches

Our Coaches are predominately players Bob has brought through with him via his caching career. They all have predominately graduated through Bob’s representative basketball programs. We also recruit coaches from Universities and schools who have either played or coached at a high level. All our coaches are trained in the drills and basketball programs that we implement and are supervised through all our sessions. Naturally, all of them will have to obtain and provide Working with Children Checks to be able to work with us, where they are old enough to have one.

Our Venues

At the moment we operate from four school venues at St Michael’s Grammar, Wellington Secondary College, McKinnon Primary School and Westall Primary School. 

We are looking for further venues in the South East Suburbs of Melbourne, preferably within the boundaries of the cities of Glen Eira, Bayside or Kingston.

If your school fits that bill and wants to help us have kids in our community become involved in a positive recreation and program while making some revenue for your school, then contact us to discuss the possibilities.


Book a clinic today!

We are now ready and willing to go. So book us in to visit your school to promote our sport, our program and the possibilities we can present for many of your students.

CLICK HERE to contact us today to book us into a visit to your school.




CONTACT MOBILE: 0490 823 400

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