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Basketball coach training starts at school level

Basketball coach training starts at school level

Two Windhoek schools and one from Eenhana sent their learners to the Basketball Artists School in Katutura over the weekend for a basic course in basketball training. The course lays the groundwork to teach learners how to become basketball instructors.

The Junior Coach basic course is part of the project, “Free Throw – Basketball Artists against HIVAIDS.” It is accredited by the German Olympic Sports Federation. In Namibia, the course is presented in collaboration with the GIZ, the German foreign development arm in the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.

The aspiring coaches came from the German private school, DHPS, and the Gammams Primary School, both in Windhoek, and Haimbili Haufiku Secondary School in Eenhana. The hosting school was the Basketball Artists School.

Frank Albin, the resident basketball coach seconded by the German Olympics Federation, said: “After two days of intensive training in dribbling, passing, shooting and life skills, all participants received a certificate, a T-shirt and a whistle.”

The basic courses that Albin conducts serve as a feeder for further coach training. Those learners that showed proficiency during the weekend’s training are invited to attend an advanced course that will be presented later this year.

The basketball project coordinator and Secretary General of the Namibian Basketball Federation, Ramah Mumba said another basic course will be conducted over the weekend of 08 and 09 April. Application for this course is still open and Mumba invited all interested schools to contact the Basketball Artists School for registration. Mumba is the course presenter, supported by Albin, a former national basketball player for the German Olympics team.

“We are very pleased with the commitment of the participants and hope that they will implement now what they have learnt. We also urge all those who missed this course to register immediately for April, as this will probably be the last chance this year to attend a basic course” Mumba said.

The advanced course can not be attended without first completing the basic course.

(Photograph courtesy of Frank Albin and the German Olympics Sports Federation)

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