21 May 2013

Gambia: Basketball Coaching Course Ends

A 10-day basketball level one coaching course organised by the Gambia Basketball Association (GBA) in collaboration with the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC), Olympic Solidarity and the International Basketball Federation, wrapped-up at the Bamboo Hotel in Kololi at the weekend.
The course, which was meant to capacitate basketball coaches in the country, was attended by the National Basketball League coaches, the Regional Sports Coordinators, Primary School Sports Association, Secondary School Sports Association, the Paralympics Sports Association, the Combined Services coaches and the Sports Journalists Association. The course was directed by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) accredited expert Ronald Onyango Owino from Kenya.
Addressing the participants, the president of the GNOC, Alhaji Momodou Dibba, said the course entails three components, namely; the achievement, determination and the building of self-confidence. He challenged the Basketball Association to look into the issue of women participation in basketball, assuring that the GNOC is ready to give them their support.
He told the GBA officials that their doors are open to sponsor the Level 2 coaching course because capacity building is a key component of the Olympic movement. "If you want to be in the basketball arena, you need to build a legacy, if you want to be successful, don't be shy, ask if you don't know and in whatever you do make sure there is that element of discipline. Don't allow this certificate to gather dust," Dibba told the certified coaches. He also thanked the course director for accepting to come to Gambia to help in building the game of basketball.
The deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malang Jasseh, challenged the participants to be committed to the cause, work together and build a network that will give chance to talented players from the regional teams to move to bigger teams in the urban area.
Speaking earlier, the course coordinator, Momodou Demba, revealed that the certificate presented to the participants will be recognised everywhere in the world. He told the coaches that they have now graduated from one level to another and the future remains entirely in their own hands as far as Levels 2 and 3 are concerned.
For his part, the president of the Gambia Basketball Association, Muhammed Papa Njie, said he was impressed with the comportment of the participants. He challenged them to put in practice what they have learnt. "If you do not have a club, please start it now by putting some young people together and try to transmit to them what you have acquired during the past ten days," he urged, while also advising the regional participants to be sending them their annual programmes. The GBA boss also called on the four women that attended the course to start doing something right way.
The FIBA Instructor from Kenya, Ronald Onyango Owino, said he was pleased with the cooperation shown by the participants. He also called on the ladies to take up basketball coaching, as FIBA is paying a special attention to female coaches.

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