Hoops give hope
The two-day coaching clinic was a boon for those who want to use the sport to fully impact the lives of the children.
31 July 2019 | Sports
The clinic was made possible through the Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF), with the aid of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Deutsche Olympischer Sportbund (DOSB) and the Oshana Basketball School (OBS). NBF secretary-general Ramah Mumba and NBF development officer Malakia Matias were the two instructors for the training that accommodated 20 participants.
As an extension of a clinic that took place earlier this year in Windhoek, the Ongwediva clinic focused on developing the incorporation of life skills into basketball training.
The level-1 course is the first of three levels that look at using basketball as a bridge between sport and life. The participants were taught the basics of basketball, conducted a full practice session and incorporated Sport2Life skills in these sessions.
The level-2 course is set for September and level-3 will be completed soon after.
Mumba said it is a great experience being a part of basketball development, as it is the small initiatives that lead to bigger and better opportunities.
“We are proud of the other regions taking the initiative and running programmes of their own to keep the sport alive, as they are staying true to the concept of being united under one footprint.
“Because at the end of the day, we all have the same goal - to develop the sport for the sake of the children,” he said.
Matias said as a development officer it was great seeing the eagerness from participants from other regions, who want to use the sport to fully impact the lives of the children.
“Because the sport of basketball is still growing, getting these programmes out of the capital will take time, but with the help of organisations such as DOSB, GIZ, OBS and more, we can move these courses to other parts of the country in due time,” added Mathias.
The NBSL is an initiative supported by the NBF and caters for schoolgoing players from as young as nine to 18 years of age.
The league is run annually by a youth committee of individuals aged 17 to 20. For the 2019 season, the league will soon be hosting playoffs, and until then, games are played on weekdays and on weekends in the capital.
To find out more about the league, visit the NBSL Facebook page or find them on Instagram at nbsl school_league.