The second Varsity Basketball tournament, which kicks off on Friday, will now also include women’s teams. Being inclusive is essential in growing this side of the sport. Additionally, games will also be broadcast live on Super Sport enabling more spectators to view the basketball games.

“Varsity Basketball is such a great platform for women to show their talent. It’s a never-ending fight to have women up there too at the same time,” says Wits Women’s captain Danja Lunnemann. “Varsity ball is important because it adds extra growth to the development of basketball in South Africa generally, and will show South Africa that there’s more talent out there. This is a great stepping stone to grow basketball in South Africa.”

Twelve teams will take part: eight men’s (Wits, UJ, NWU, VUT, UP-Tuks, UWC, UCT and UKZN) and four women’s teams (NWU, UCT, VUT and Wits). The Wits’ mens team is the current champion.

Varsity Basketball takes place 4-6 and 10-12 October, with the finals on 13 October, at Wits’ Multi-Purpose Sports Hall.