The club was originally formed in 1935 as the Brisbane Women’s Basketball club. In 1951 the name was changed to Brisbane Men’s & Women’s Basketball and in 1990 it became known as the Brisbane Community Basketball Association.
In 1993 the name Brisbane Men’s & Women’s Basketball Association Inc. was adopted, and the association traded as Brisbane Wizards Basketball. For over 30 years the association was based at McCook Park, Newmarket, with games being played on outdoor courts.
In 1993 a decision was made to rent indoor courts at Nudgee College and competitions were established for Under 14 & Under 16 age groups. In 1995 an additional competition for Under 12 players was added, with these games being played at the Sandgate PCYC due to a lack of court availability at Nudgee College.
In April 1997 the Association moved all junior and senior competitions to the Sports Centre at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall. This was a newly established facility with 5 high quality indoor courts. The Sports Centre continues to be the main venue used for junior and senior competitions today.
October 2003 saw the development of a 3-year plan to increase the membership of the association. This was successful and by late 2005 the association had doubled its membership (from 620 to almost 1,300). At this time, the trading name “Northside Wizards Basketball” was adopted as the association’s brand name.
The association has continued to grow and succeed in many areas, receiving various awards in recognition of its professionalism from both Basketball Queensland and Basketball Australia:
2005 Basketball Qld Association of the Year and Administrator of the Year
2006 Basketball Qld Recruitment Award and Basketball Qld Male Official of the Year
2007 Basketball Qld Large Association of the Year and
2007 Basketball Australia Female Administrator of the Year and Andrew Gaze Fair Play Award (Under 14 Boys)
2008 Basketball Qld Male Official of the Year and
2008 Basketball Australia Female Administrator of the Year
2012 and 2013 Basketball Qld Large Association of the Year
2015 Basketball Qld Aussie Hoops award
2016 Basketball Qld Male Official of the Year
In 2009 NWB took over the running of basketball competitions at the South Pine Sports Complex. Since that time, the competitions have grown significantly and in 2010 the venue became the office base for the Northside Wizards. At the commencement of 2019, the Association has more than 2,500 members playing games at Boondall and Brendale, with beginner sessions planned in over 12 schools throughout the year.
2020 will usher in the next chapter for the Association, as it moves its base to a 5-court stadium at Zillmere which will be occupied under a long term lease with the State Government. This will allow the Association to continue to grow and develop players, coaches, officials and volunteers within the community.