Following strong growth in numbers for basketball, the council built four asphalt courts at Burrendah Reserve, which were completed and officially opened in 1980. At this time, Willetton basketball teams relocated from Canning Districts Basketball Association to form their own domestic competition, known as the Willetton Basketball Division of WSC.
In 1988, the Willetton Basketball Association (a division of WSC) was formed and Tangney Districts Basketball Association ceased to exist. At this time, the Willetton Basketball Association was the entity for both the domestic and elite competitions.
In 2004, the association became incorporated as the Willetton Basketball Association (Inc).
In recent years, Willetton Basketball undertook a jointly funded feasibility study for the expansion of Willetton Basketball Stadium. The expansion would see the stadium double its number of courts from four to eight, with twelve courts of competition running on Saturdays. The study, along with the level of operations throughout the association, highlighted a clear demand (and ability to successfully operate) an eight-court facility.
In 2020, an $11 million four-court expansion and stadium refurbishment was completed.
2021 was a great year for Willetton Basketball, taking into consideration the challenges that sporting associations faced around the country as a result of COVID-19. Our domestic juniors competitions saw over 500 teams fielded from our eight domestic clubs, while our domestic seniors competitions saw 110 teams fielded (with matches played from Monday-Thursday evenings, as well as Tuesday mornings for ladies’ social basketball).
In the WABL, we fielded 33 teams (including D-League), with two teams in the NBL1 West (our Willetton Tigers men’s and women’s teams). Our referee program continues to promote officiating in the sport, and allowed us to involve over 100 referees across all fixtures.
Willetton Basketball would not be able to operate without its incredible volunteers and staff, for which we are always extremely grateful. In 2021, we required the services of over 60 paid staff (mostly casual).