THE Namibia Basketball School League (NBSL) recently hosted a basketball festival this past weekend, cementing its place as the first ever basketball festival in the country.
The festival which took place at the Basketball Artists School (BAS), looked at bringing together the basketball community including players of all ages as well as parents.
The day’s festivities started off with a Parent-Player basketball for life fun day. Parents joined in on team-based activities that were setup to teach inclusion and team work. A set of Sport2Life life skills activities started off the morning and ended with a small tournament of which the parents and players were mixed.
The day continued with a 3 X 3 tournament for U15 boys and girls who battled it out for prizes worth N$1 000. Teams from the Northern part of the country also came through to take part in the competition. These players are from the Oshana Basketball School (OBS) who were accompanied by program coordinator, Pondo Nailenge.
Nailenge said that this was a great opportunity for the children to not only visit the capital, but moreover to take part in competitive play with the payers at the tournament.
“This exposure served them well as this showed the other players that the northern region produces competition worthy players when it comes to the sport. We hope to take part in more competitions such as this and thus are happy that the Federation is really working towards its goal of uniting all the various basketball bodies under one footprint” he said.
A very clear final in the girl’s division was played between Deutsche Hohere Privatschule (DHPS) and the girls from the Basketball Artists School (BAS). Team DHPS proved stronger and took home the N$1 000 voucher by winning the game 12-1. Representing in the finals yet again was BAS and they took on OBS in a game which ended 11:0 for team BAS.
On board to make the event a success was Deutsche Basketball Bund (DBB), Bokomo Namibia, OTB sport, Pako Children’s Magazine and the basketball federation.
The Namibia Basketball School League is an initiative run under the Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF). The League is run by a group of creative, vibrant and innovative youth. They are the NBSL Committee.