The essence of Jets Basketball is community.
We were one of eight foundation teams in the National Basketball League inaugural season in 1982. In 1992 we made it to our first, and so far only, NBL Grand Final. Initially known as Palmerston North, we changed our name to Manawatu for the 2002 season to reflect the wider Manawatu-Whanganui region. After a couple of years absence we were re-admitted to the league for the 2018 season and we continue to represent our province with pride and everything we have to give.
Now our vision lies in community - primarily in what we can offer kids in our community …. our Manawatu kids. The kids who play in the playgrounds around the city, in our school yards, at the Arena and in week night competitions. Our vision for them is opportunity. We’re opening doors for every Manawatu child who aspires to play basketball at the highest level.
The sport of basketball in New Zealand is growing at an exponential rate and is the second most popular sport only to football. Kiwi superstar Steven Adams is leading the charge and the future looks bright for basketball in our country.
Despite the positive direction of the sport, the unfortunate reality for our youth is that once they leave high school, 95% will never play competitively again. The 5% who do will more than likely be confined to the benches of teams already over supplied with experienced players.
The Jets model provides a change to this trend and enables kids within our region a chance to follow their dreams and play for their team - our Manawatu Jets!
Our board is fully committed to ensuring a pathway to success remains open to over 2,500 Manawatu kids who play in city league competitions every season. Our objective is to provide skilled players an open doorway to achieve their goal of playing the game they love to the best of their ability at the highest possible level.