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Basketball training goes Northern

Basketball training goes Northern

Aili Iilonga

THE Namibian Basketball School League (NBSL) hosted a two-day Basketball4Life Level-1 coaches’ clinic training camp in the northern part of the country over the weekend.

Through the Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF) and the aid of Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Deutsche Olympischer Sportbund (DOSB) and Oshana Basketball School (OBS), the clinic was aimed at using basketball as a bridge between sports and life, with participants taught the basics of basketball, conducting a full practice session and incorporating Sport2Life skills

NBF Secretary General Ramah Mumba and NBF Development Officer Malakia Matias were the two instructors onsite for the training that accommodated 20 participants.

Matias expressed satisfaction in the turn up of participants on the day, saying that it shows growth in basketball that for the past years has seen a decline in competitions turn-ups and international games in Namibia.

He said that as a development officer it was great seeing the eagerness of the other regions wanting to learn how to use the sport to fully impact the lives of the children.

“Because basketball is slowly growing, getting these programs 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,” he said.

Mumba said that it was a great experience being a part of the development as it is the small initiatives that lead up to improved opportunities.

“The Federation will forever aim to assist the development of the sport countrywide as much as possible. We are proud of the other regions taking the initiative and running programs 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 and that is to develop the sport for the sake of the children,” he said.

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