The Bridgetown Leisure Centre courts have received a valuable facelift ahead of the new basketball season, thanks to support from local businesses. New sponsor signage has been placed around the courts inside the centre, which is home to a number of sporting organisations such as the Bridgetown Basketball Association, Bridgetown Netball Association and the Blackwood Ravens. While adding to the visual look of the centre, the initiative has also importantly provided the volunteer organisations a much more “stable” financial base. According to BBA president Craig Boulder, the project has allowed the organisations to now do things like buy new team uniforms and look at potentially lowering the costs of sending young athletes to rep carnivals in Perth and across the South West. “It’s massive for us, because for both netball and basketball, being volunteers it’s easy to create burnout and fundraising is a big part of that,” he said. “We can do many, many hours to raise $500 and so being able to have the two-way benefit of businesses getting exposure and the support for the associations is huge. “(Having) a more stable financial base I guess allows us to plan — for us, it’s taken us three years to finish replacing all the uniforms and this year we went (click) and could just finish it and get them all.” BNA vice-president Georgie Miller said it also helped to give the organisations some “peace of mind” before upcoming seasons. “You know exactly where you’re at when you start the season, what you need to do and how we can go about getting things,” she said. “I just think the support from local businesses has been outstanding — we were really impressed with how many came on board and were keen to give us that support and to help the kids.” BBA’s 2021-22 season officially tipped off on Thursday.