Event Highlights

The Next Generation Tournament

The Event Highlights

We’d like to highlight our last July event: The Next Generation Tournament (13-15 July). Our aim was to introduce the next generation of great basketball players to Heart & Soul Hoops. Players worked hard & played hard for 3 full days in Dural, NSW. With over 80 players in attendance, our coaches were determined to engage and empower players of all ages and all levels to compete as a team. 

Our NextGen Players got to learn, grow, compete, make new friends and HAVE FUN!

Check out event highlights video!

The Journey...

We offered training clinics, fitness testing, team building workshops, team skillz challenge, 3-point shooting contest, Parent Free throw contest, and a knock-out 3x3 tournament. For a more professional experience, players got free photography, post-game interviews and live DJ music on the Tournament Day.

Before the tournament, every NextGen player was encouraged to embrace team-building and leadership opportunities. By tournament day, we saw all players build the confidence necessary to apply their skills in game situations. Many players rose to the occasion, winning the “Spotlight Player” award after each tournament game because they demonstrated key fundamentals, vocal leadership and aggressive scoring or playmaking. I must say, every player had tremendous improvement from Day 1 to Day 3. 


Players were pushed to their limit as they endured fitness testing and skills clinics. 


Players had fun in team building workshops. This improved communication and boosted team synergy on the court.


Game day arrived on Day 3. We saw incredible play from teams & players. Everyone was determined to play at their best!

The Winners' Circle

Most Valuable Player - Henry Leon-Searle

3-Point Shooting Contest - Henry Leon-Searle

Kai Adams Scholarship - Sarmen Makhitarian

Parent Free Throw Contest - Endree Saade

Hot Shot Contest - Jack Marcelo

Team SKILLZ Challenge
- Henry Leon-Searle
- John Sergi
- Lam Lee

Most Inspirational - Lia Sarup

All-Tournament Team
- Henry Leon-Searle
- Lam Lee
- Jack Marcelo
- Nikkola Beauzeville-Gibbes
- Matt Lin
- Sarmen Makhitarian
- Sam Roshandel

3x3 Tournament Winners
(Advanced Boys Div)
- Henry Leon-Searle
- Lam Lee
- John Sergi

3x3 Tournament Winners
(Intermediate Boys Div)
- Sarmen Makhitarian
- Dante Saya
- Christian Theo

3x3 Tournament Winners
(Girls Div)
- Nikkola Beauzeville-Gibbes
- Sia McCullagh
- Madalyn Livingstone

3x3 Tournament Winners(Beginner Div)
- James Benjamin
- Ethan Wilkinson
- Elijah Saade

AJ Coaching Athletics MVP
- John Sergi
- Lam Lee
- Isaiah Saade

Thank you to our Event Partners & Community Donors

Thank you to The Next Generation Tournament Event Partners & Community Donors who support our mission to engage & empower kids through sport. 

We'd like to give a special mention to Design and Dine Catering, Fully Promoted Parramatta, CardServ Australia, and Kwik Kopy Hornsby. 

Tania Yazbeck's team from Design and Dine Catering went above & beyond to provide fresh, hot food for heaps of hungry basketball players for 3 days! Thank you Tania for fuelling & refuelling our athletes so they can train and play at their best. We look forward to working with you in future events!

Our Event Partner's Experience

"Over the years we have had the pleasure to partner with many corporate organisations, every client creates a world of opportunities for us to be creative from our styling to the design of menus.

However, I was extremely honoured to have been selected by Heart and Soul Hoops to cater their weekly basketball camp. It is not that often I can honestly say how lucky we were to have been a part of not only an amazing health program for children and young adolescents, but how appreciative all the participants were. There was not one child or teenager that did not show a display of gratitude, manners and love for basketball.

As a business owner we like to always give our client feedback, so here it is….. Programs like this mean so much to this children and have a positive effect to the community. Healthy mind, healthy body, healthy outlook on life.

These kids trained for six hours of the day everyday and you could see the disappointment of the day coming to an end. Thank you Alex for selecting Design and Dine Catering, I look forward to working with you and your team of coaches on many more events." 

Tania Yazbeck
Design and Dine Catering

  • Design and Dine Catering
    Design and Dine Catering was launched in 2012 by Tania Yazbeck owner and Creative Director for the Mecc Group. Tania's initial concept was to provide a high end private dining experience, however, it wasn't long before the Design and Dine Team were invited to cater on a larger scale expanding to the corporate sector, charities and community. The company currently employs a creative team of 25. The Design and Dine Catering team is focused on providing a high-quality dining experience. The companies vision is to strive to surpass your very own expectation and to make sure that your event is filled with love, laughter and memorable moments. Services include Private Dining, Catering for all occasions, Theming and Styling, Hire-ware, Business Consulting, Industry Training and much more. Our Creative Chefs and Event Consultants will work with you to ensure you are completely satisfied with the package that has been created and the overall design and dine experience.
  • CardServ Australia
    CardServ is an Australian-owned and operated company and has been a market-leading and trusted provider of secure ID Card Solutions since 1997. These include Desktop Printers for Physical ID Badges, Digital ID Solutions, Software and post-sale support. We operate Australia-wide with an extensive network of local partners. Our experienced and dedicated staff take great pride in providing each and every customer with first-class products, service and support. We are the exclusive distributor for global market leader, ENTRUST, for their Desktop Range of ID Card Products and Solutions throughout Australia, PNG & Fiji. This includes both Physical and Digital (cloud-based) Identity solutions. Thank you CardServ for donating professional lanyards for The Next Generation Tournament coaches and event staff.
  • Fully Promoted Parramatta
    Since 2016, Fully Promoted Parramatta has been helping clients find the right embroidered shirt, hat or promotional accessory to help them grow their brands. We’ve worked with literally thousands of clients right across Australia to help them proudly display their business. Come into our Parramatta showroom and see how Fully Promoted Parramatta can help you get your brand noticed and build your profile. Personalised apparel is an important part of your branding. It can help bring your team together or tell the rest of the world about your brand. We work with customers of all sizes and budgets. Want to display your logo on more than just shirts and jackets? No problem! With access to more than 800,000 promotional products, we can help you and your business to be seen. That’s why we’ve come to be known as Your Promotional Marketing Partner. Thank you Fully Promoted Parramatta for printing the Next Generation Tournament Apparel. 
  • Kwik Kopy Hornsby
    Kwik Kopy are the experts in corporate design and printing solutions. Able to assist you at every step of the design and print process, Kwik Kopy can provide everything from design advice and branding assistance to stationery and poster printing, photocopying and catalogue collating. Whether you want to create a large-scale masterpiece or simply print personalised business cards, Kwik Kopy have the expertise to turn your ideas into reality. Thank you Kwik Kopy Hornsby for your incredible customer service and quality product! Our players loved the media wall for photos and post game interviews.
  • Flip Out Castle Hill
  • Bunnings Dural
  • Wild Pear Cafe Dural
  • Zoe Diamond Nutrimetics
  • Sydney Sports Physio and Rehab
  • The Vicar 

Thank you to the Heart & Soul Hoops Family and the Community 

This event has been one of the most rewarding events Heart & Soul has put on! It's a very special experience to work with passionate coaches, supportive parents and the thriving Hills community. Our aim is to provide more opportunities for players who are keen to get to the next level of their game faster & connect with like-minded players this year. Thank you to our incredible staff & volunteers who worked hard to provide a memorable experience.

We are grateful that the Heart & Soul Hoops family is growing across Sydney. We look forward to seeing you all at the next Heart & Soul Hoops event & during the Term 3 season.

Want to be part of Heart & Soul Hoops? Register now for our upcoming programs. The Girls Club kicks off 13 August & weekly Premier Pick-Up Games run from 19 August.

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