'Using sport as a social vehicle' – Canterbury midnight basketball programme aims to keep teens off the street

A scheme set up in Canterbury is using the idea of midnight basketball in order to keep youth off the streets after dark.

Aimed at kids in Christchurch's Eastern Suburbs, the programme looks to boost self-esteem, and add a sense of belonging to those who need it most.

Teenagers taking part first attend a workshop, where they learn about social inclusion, before a free meal - finally taking to the court.

"It's about the social outcomes," Canterbury Basketball chief executive Paul Duggan says.

"Using sport as a social vehicle and improving the social life here by engaging them in a little bit of sport and teaching them the values of being in a sports team."

The motto "no workshop, no jumpshot" defines the initiative, teaching participants about the combination of sport and education.

With 50 attendees per week, it's hoped that initiatives like these will begin to make a difference in keeping teenagers out late for the right reasons.

The initiative has been set up to aid the youth in Christchurch's eastern suburbs. Source: 1 NEWS

Raw: Ariana Grande belts out hit One Last Time in front of adoring NZ fans

US pop princess Ariana Grande belted out many hit songs during her Auckland concert tonight at Spark Arena but one song, One Last Time, touched thousands due to it's new meaning since the Manchester terror attack. 

Tonight's concert is part of her six-month Dangerous Woman world tour.

In a video that was posted to Instagram by one of her fans, Grande can be seen standing at the front of the stage singing the song with yellow and red lights shining down upon her. 

The song was heralded as an anthem for the 22 victims and dozens injured in the suicide attack at Manchester Arena after fans took to Twitter to encourage people to play the song.

The hit that was released by Grande more than two years ago, but quickly climbed music charts in the UK following the terror attack in May. 


Ariana Grande's family cheer on popstar with thousands of Kiwi fans as she belts out hit songs during concert

Ariana Grande's Mother and half-brother are standing amongst her New Zealand fans, cheering on the pop star as she rocks out at Auckland's Spark Arena. 

Tonight's concert is part of her six-month Dangerous Woman world tour.

Taking to Snapchat, Grande's half brother, Frankie Grande shared a video of him standing close to Joan Grande yelling out "bad b****" before turning the camera around and showing his sister up on stage, belting out one of her songs. 

As fans eagerly awaited the US singer to appear on stage, they lit up Spark Arena with their cell phones in anticipation before images of Grande getting ready appeared on the screens with a countdown clock. 

Thousands braved rainy weather conditions outside the arena, sheltering under umbrellas and donning rain jackets as doors opened for show the show at 6.30pm. 

Last night, Grande took to Instagram asking New Zealand fans if they were "ready for tomorrow" along with a photo of the Side to Side hitmaker sitting in a Dangerous Woman tour chair. 

Tonight's concert is part of her six-month Dangerous Woman world tour.

Throughout the week, Spark Arena have been posting on their Facebook page to advise fans about security measures that have been put in place. 

"We all know that we need to arrive early on Saturday and leave all out bags (yes, even the small clutch) and cameras at home," Spark Arena posted on Wednesday. 

"Since you guys may have a few things to carry, we've made life easier for you and ordered in some clear zip lock bags for you to store your things in while going through our security checks (security wanding and/or pat downs) on the night"

Spark Arena said by using snap lock bags, it will help to speed up the security process to get fans into the venue quickly. 

Earlier this year, twenty-two people were killed and dozens were injured in the suicide bombing outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.