StreetBall combatting juvenile crime in Darwin

A grassroots group in Palmerston, Darwin is using basketball as a way to drive down juvenile crime.

StreetBall is a youth diversion program funded by the territory government which has been trialling for a month in the suburb of Moulden on Saturday evenings.

Children of all ages have been encouraged to come down to their local courts and play basketball under the supervision of professional mentors.

The program grew out of a meeting earlier this year where frustrated locals called for politicians to help clean up the streets where antisocial behaviour is a regular occurrence.

“(The program is designed to) Help them build friendships and mentor themselves, eachother and have a good chemistry among themselves,” Deola D-Brown Folarin, one of three American professional players who have been running the sessions, told 9NEWS.

"That brotherhood, that lasts a lifetime.”

The sessions are based on 3-on-3 basketball which has been approved as an Olympic sport at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

“A lot of the kids have been here for the whole three weeks and brought more kids every week, more of their friends along,” said Serena Dalton from Grassroots Action for Palmerston.

It is hoped the program can be extended with further funding so that more children can join in the sessions and channel their energy into improving their basketball skills.

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