Europe's most talented players participated in the 2nd International Camp for U15 Girls in Postojna at the beginning of July.
Over 30 countries sent their young prospects to the event. The players where supported by 56 coaches from all over Europe and had a tough but memorable few days.
The coaching staff, led by FIBA Europe's experts Laszlo Ratgeber (Hungary), Janez Drvaric (Slovenia), Fabio Fossati (Italy), and Juan Manuel Ruiz Orihuella (Spain) and supported by an outstanding crew of Slovenian
coaches such as Vlado Velina, ran a comprehensive programme of clinics, lectures and practical sessions.
|Instructors from all over Europe were in Postojna for the camp.|
In addition 20 young female referees learned from FIBA Europe instructor Tomislav Jovancic and FIBA referee Roman Kolar about the new developments in the refereeing world.
The camp ended with an impressive All Star Game on the final day. The atmosphere in the gym was electric due to the previous game between Referees and Coaches (strictly female) won on the buzzer by the referees.
The young players demonstrated great individual technique, tough defence and smart offensive moves. Again, that game was won on the buzzer with a big triple by Portugal's Catarina Neves.
The camp's award winners were: MVP - Manon Pellet, France; Most Improved Player - Elin Gustavsson, Sweden; Coach of the Camp - Milena Moulisova, Czech Republic; and Referee of the Camp Anne Panther, Germany.
All winners earned the right to attend the Euroleague Women Final Four 2009 as official guests of FIBA Europe.
Austrian coach Marlies Kiefer, also a participant at the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate (FECC) has found the experience at Postojna fascinating:" Having the chance to work with other coaches, experts and the girls - this is the main great difference to other clinics, apprenticeships. Therefore getting to know the philosophies of others share or discuss opinions, help each other if language problems occur and above all being an involved as part of the system, not just a participating one"
Kate Webb, the referee from England agreed:"I just wanted to say thanks so much for the opportunity to go to Slovenia. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot from the entire group - coaches, tutors and other referees".