10 April 2013

NAMIBIA : Mini Basketball Tourney a Hit in Tsumeb

Windhoek — The Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF) successfully hosted its highly anticipated mini basketball development tourney at Tsumeb on Saturday.
About 100 participants took part in the Tsumeb Mini Basketball Programme, which attracted participants from St Francis Primary School (boys and girls team), Nomtsoub Primary School (boys and girls team), Francis Galton Primary School (mixed team), Ondundu Primary School (boys team) and Tsumeb English Medium Primary School (boys team).
The NBF held several individual training sessions that included ball handling and shooting skills to help motivate the youngsters to continue working on their fundamentals. The youngsters were also taken through the ropes as they played a few games that were aimed at giving them a taste of competition. St Francis won both the boys and girls category, while Grootfontein won the mixed category.
The NBF development officer, Francina Amakali, assisted by German expert Frank Albin and several local volunteers organised the mini development tourney. The tournament was made possible through Dr Nderecha from Alpha Clinic who sponsored the trophies, FNB, the German Olympic Sports Confederation and the German Federal Foreign Office, who donated equipment to the participating teams.
Meanwhile, the NBF also launched their first basketball high performance centre in Namibia in Tsumeb under the guidance of Francina Amakali, Frank Albin and local coaches. Selected players born during the period 1996 to 2000 will work every week on their individual skills according to standards set by the NBF and progress will be evaluated on a regular basis. The NBF is planning to implement such high performance centres in various regions to raise skill level and groom future national players.

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