The South West Slammers are taking steps to enhance their NBL1 West footprint on and off the court, according to board chair Sean Tilbrook. Working with a diverse board, Tilbrook told the South Western Times a number of objectives would be met over the coming months, as the Slammers aim to increase their competitiveness in both the senior men’s and women’s competition. “In order to take the first step, we have to have a rock solid foundation — hence getting the policies, procedures and finances right — along with getting people on board and aligning our board with the regions,” he said. “Then we need to get the junior, development and NBL1 West committees all aligned. We’ve got the terms of references there so everyone knows what they are doing. “That is the off-court stuff, along with talking to our current players, because particularly in the women’s program, they had a pretty tough year and they are all very young athletes. “We have let them know as much as we can that we are taking the right steps as a board. “I think one of the best comments we can make is that the club previously expected the players to be professional, but we as a club haven’t acted professionally. “So we need to address that, so it is well administered.” Under the new regime, all 14 junior associations will be represented on the Slammers board, according to three geographical regions. The three board members representing these regions were appointed by their respective junior associations to undertake this responsibility. The Slammers women’s program was dealt a massive blow on Tuesday night after it was announced on social media that 2021 club MVP Zaya Black had signed with the Cockburn Cougars for the next two seasons. Black, who was a shining offensive presence during a forgettable season for the winless Slammers, also claimed MVP honours in the 2020-21 Bunbury Basketball Association women’s A-Grade grand final for Tornadoes Black. She is currently in Canada playing basketball for Lakeland College.