BASKETBALL IN FRANKLIN
The Franklin Bulls is Auckland's newest professional sporting franchise and set to join the NZNBL in 2020. Franklin has a rich history of basketball from the former Pukekohe Basketball Association that competed in mens and womens division 1 and 2 leagues to now where Franklin Basketball Association is one of the fastest growing and most vibrant basketball communities in the country, with over 1000 active players. This is increasing every month and we are excited to be supported by the FBBA and the basketball community.
FBBA was started 10 years ago, answering a need in the lower South Auckland community for basketball programs. Since inception, the community has grown from one team, to now providing leagues for both schools and clubs, mens and womens leagues, social leagues and providing a representative pathway for junior basketball, which in 2020 will mean the first FBBA teams will be able to qualify and compete at BBNZ National tournaments.
THE PATHWAY TO THE NZNBL
The Franklin Bulls have been setup to continue to build basketball pathways in the Franklin community and will be working along side the FBBA on the development of junior players into our Junior Bulls program. You can read more about this program here.
The focus for the Franklin Bulls is to provide a place for Auckland Based Associations, clubs and programs to play at the highest level. Together our aim is to ensure we make the Auckland Region a powerhouse in Men's Elite basketball and a place where our players choose to play as well as creating pathways from the grassroots, all the way to the Elite NZNBL.
Our aim is to offer this pathway to any young person interested in the sport, boys and girls, with a goal to offering them pathways to one day become elite players.
The Bulls name come from a community voting competition. The Bulls was finally selected out of a number of suggestions. With the Original the senior men's team in Franklin being called the Blitz. The panel thought that calling our Mascot Bull, "Blitz" was an appropriate way of honouring the past 10 years of development.