YMCA Ballarat is running free Drop-in Basketball sessions as part of Active April in an effort to make the sport accessible to all families.
The two sessions are a casual opportunity for young people aged between 12 to 17-years-old to play a game of basketball or practice basketball drills with players from Basketball Ballarat.
YMCA Ballarat health promotions officer Georgia Savage said the sessions were an opportunity for families who may not be able to play regularly with a team due to financial or time commitments to have a go at the sport.
"We want to make basketball accessible for all people in Ballarat," she said.
"The focus is 12 to 17-year-olds because we know at that age young people often drop out from formal sport.
We want to make basketball accessible for all people in Ballarat.Georgia Savage, YMCA Ballarat
"YMCA wants to provide the opportunity for young people to remain active without competition, and to reduce any barriers to participation such as cost."
Ms Savage said if the sessions were popular during Active April, YMCA would look at making them a regular, weekly occurrence at Delacombe.
The YMCA has strong historical links with basketball. In 1891, a YMCA staff member in America called James Naismith created the game.
The first Drop-In Basketball session was held on Thursday afternoon, with another scheduled for Thursday 18 April from 4.30-5.30pm at Doug Dean Stadium in Delacombe.