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Illawarra Heat

“Equality, inclusion, kindness & compassion both on and off the court”

Our mission is to provide a safe & empowering club environment where players, officials, spectators and parents are able to inspire & be inspired to live meaningful & fulfilling lives through physical activity, inclusion & kindness.

Illawarra Heat 3X3 Basketball Club is based in Illawarra and caters for all genders, abilities and skill levels. The club welcomes Junior players right through to Opens, the Elite & Master’s divisions. The Illawarra Heat teams are able to compete in FIBA3X3 Endorsed events all around Australia which are promoted by CLB3X3 and other 3X3 providers, they also hold local weekly competitions, skills n drills sessions, 1:1 and group coaching & development and holiday programs.

The club’s pathway also allows teams the opportunity to play on the FIBA3X3 World Challenger and World Tour Circuits.

Illawarra Heat is part of the Champions League Basketball Group of Companies.

Our Vision


To ensure the sport of 3×3 basketball is accessible & affordable for all.


To provide an endorsed pathway for all aspiring ballers that includes coaching, competitions, mentoring on and off the court and opportunities to play on the FIBA3x3 circuit and represent your hometown.


By implementing new and upgraded facilities & activations right across the city, we want to Impact the lives of thousands of people through the game of basketball & the Heat ecosystem. 

How Can The Heat Assist You Today?


3X3 Competitions

3X3 Coaching



Court Installations

The Heat Ecosystem

As a club we strongly believe that self-growth is just as important as developing your skills. We believe that the key to succeeding in basketball is by having the confidence, resilience, and passion to move forward, build strong meaningful relationships with other players & mentors and strive to be the best version of yourself. Through our programs such as our National 3x3Ready program for 5–12 year olds, through to our Elite Pathways & programs and through our social level competitions,  we provide safe & empowering environments to teach these important skills at any stage of one’s basketball journey and stay connected with the players so they can reach their full potential.

One of our priorities is to connect with surrounding towns to deliver competitions and programs within schools, to enhance local public spaces and connect with community members. Making sure everyone has the opportunity to stay active and enjoy the benefits of sport, socialising and having FUN!

We have direct contact with some of the highest regarded 3×3 players & coaches on a National & Global scale, officials, and sporting club experts. We use these resources to develop & grow as a Basketball Club and provide the best service to our members and the wide community.

It goes beyond just basketball and  we look forward to welcoming you to the Illawarra Heat!

This goes beyond just basketball.

Why 3X3

3×3 is a new & exciting form of the game of basketball that we at the Illawarra Heat firmly believe is a better way to play the sport. 

In parts of Europe, many basketball clubs develop their athletes by playing 3×3 at a very young age right up until the age of 14. This is because 3×3 has all of the elements that foster skill development in basketball, simply allowing players to “actually play the game”. For most players this will come as a refreshing change. 

In 3×3 there is on average 3-5X as many shots taken than in a typical game of basketball. This is because there is a 12 second shot clock & two less players on the floor. It promotes a spaced-out court & strongly encourages scoring & play with the ball in hand from each player on the court. What this means is that there is usually more actual play happening, which ultimately leads to more fun had, more development occurring, plenty of court time for everyone and happier players. 

3×3 is now an Olympics and Commonwealth Games discipline and was introduced by FIBA, due to it’s ability to bring basketball to areas that otherwise wouldn’t have had access to it. The game is played outdoors, and can be activated almost anywhere, it requires far less space & facilities when compared with the traditional version of the game and is considered accessible and more affordable & inclusive by many.

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