An indoor court shortage in the Redlands is leaving hundreds of basketball players on waiting lists as local clubs struggle to keep up with growing demand for the sport.
RedCity Roar Basketball Association is calling for a dedicated indoor sports venue to open up opportunities for more players and relieve stresses of hiring facilities across the Redlands.
The RedCity Roar basketball began in February 2020 as an extension of the PCYC program to improve the level of service for basketball players in the Redlands.
Beginning with just four clubs and 400 players, the association has grown to seven clubs and more than 1200 players in less than two years.
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RedCity Roar general manager Peter Pollock said the 10 indoor basketball facilities in the Redlands at the PCYC and across private and state schools were not enough to keep up with demand.
"The growth doesn't look like it's slowing down, we've got waiting lists for most of our clubs and we're getting one or two calls daily asking for spots on teams but we just don't have the space," he said.
With most local clubs full, Thornlands mum Bianca Stubbs is going to great lengths to keep her kids playing the sport they love, living a logistical nightmare with her four kids at four different basketball clubs.
"It gets to the point where my eldest boy coaches, referees and plays so he has to be at three different venues on a Saturday," Ms Stubbs said.
"Ultimately, we're travelling between seven venues a week to play club basketball."
Mr Pollock said the Stubbs family were not the only ones having this issue, and an indoor stadium would give parents peace of mind that all of their kids could continue to play.
"As a parent, you don't want to be running around like a headless chook on a Saturday morning, it should be an enjoyable, relaxing environment where you can just watch your kid play."
He said the Redland City Council had supported their stadium push, to help manage the sport's growth.
"Because we've only been around for two years we haven't had time to build our resources, and our three year plan happened in under two years," Mr Pollock said.
"We're excited that council is working with us to try and find a solution."
A Redland City Council spokesperson said the Heinemann Road sports precinct at Mount Cotton would benefit basketballers long term.
"The precinct will provide the primary tenant clubs, which were selected following extensive consultation ... with extra space and new facilities to support their growth," they said.
"Once they relocate to the precinct, the spaces they vacate can be opened for the growth of other local sports."
The spokesperson said council was looking at land as well as exploring better ways for sports to use existing facilities.
"Council also has discussed this need with the state government and is looking for collaborative options for the state and council to work together to support the local need for basketball," she said.