First ever basketball symposium conducted
The Namibian Basketball School League hosted their first ever School Basketball Symposium on last week at the Deutsche Hohere Privatschule (DHPS).
A practical session as well as a theory based session was conducted aimed at bringing essence to the Namibia Basketball Federation (NBF) motto, ‘united under one footprint’.
According to the NBF, guest instructors were present on the day to guide local coaches, which had this coaches from various backgrounds, come together in an interactive environment to share ideas and opinions.
Thandi Booi, one of the participating coaches said they need to take such opportunities when they are presented to them, because a coach never stops learning. Boois, who coaches the u16 and u19 girl’s teams at Windhoek International School (WIS) said she enjoyed the morning sessions very much as they offered a practicality that required the coaches to take part in the drills.
NBF Development Officer, Malakia Matias said as this event is a venture into growing the sport as much as possible, he was happy to see the turnout of 50 coaches and players taking part.
“It is not every day that our local coaches are exposed to international styles of coaching so this was a very necessary initiative to unite and push the development agenda,” said Matias.
Matias highlighted that the theory sessions went as far as to touch on topics such as, how to attract more girls to basketball.
“Such topic are an indication of our desire as a Federation to develop the sport holistically and not just focus on one area,”he added.
The sessions were given by National Team Coaches Director, Manuel Caraballo, Former FIBA Referee and Basketball Expert, Charles Nyambe and Mr Albin from the German Olympic Sports Confederation. All coaches present were awarded a coach’s starter kit, which included a basketball, a whistle, a pump an extra needle as well as a certificate.
The event was made possible through the support of the German Olympic Sports Confederation, the German Federal Foreign Office, the Deutsche Basketball Bund and the Basketball Artist School Foundation.