UNIVERSITAS Takes The Next Step


FIBA Europe Universitas

Kosta Jankov at Gran Canaria clinic
Veteran coach Kosta Jankov captured the audience in Las Palmas with his presentation 'Knowledge of the Game'

The FIBA Europe Universitas and Techno Centre projects were the topics of a workshop held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria aside the annual National Instructor and Potential Referee clinic.

On May 30 and 31, the extensive programme included lectures on a variety of topics related to basketball and the improvement of the sport in all possible aspects.

After an opening statement by FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin, Mick Donovan and Derek Peters from the University of Worcester presented the FIBA Europe Basketball Research Centre and their plans for a Masters Programme in Basketball and a Scientific Basketball Journal.

"I am really looking forward to the scientific basketball magazine" commented FIBA Europe Head of Operations Miguel Betancor.

"This can immensely improve the transfer of knowledge within the basketball community."

Next up was the topic "Knowledge Of The Game," presented by Serbian coach Kosta Jankov, a former assistant to Slovenia Head Coach Božidar Maljković and Rafael Peyró.

FIBA Europe Coaching Coordinator Michael Schwarz gave an overview of FIBA Europe's activities in the coaching area such as the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate or the Coaching Website and gave an outlook about future projects.

Miguel Betancor
''We must never stop learning' was the main message FIBA Europe Head of Operations Miguel Betancor conveyed to the UNIVERSITAS workshop participants

"We would like to develop coaching licensing references that can serve the federations as guidelines for their own licensing structure." explained Schwarz.

"The meeting was very constructive with many good lectures and I think our work can really benefit from the co-operations launched here." he added.

Among the other topics were the organisation of big basketball events, presented by Miguel de la Villa, the Organising Director of the FIBA World Championship 2014 and Lithuanian Federation Secretary General Mindaugas Balciunas, who gave some insights in the organisation of the upcoming EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania.

Betancor was also pleased with the attendance of NBA Director of Officials, Ronnie Nunn.

"I especially want to thank Ronnie Nunn and the NBA. We have a great relationship and a strong cooperation that we will all benefit from in the future," he said.

Ben Gittus of the EOSE (European Observatoire of Sports and Employment) presented their activities and gave a lecture on a lifelong learning strategy.

"We must never stop learning" agreed Betancor.

"If we want to improve we have to be ready to adapt to new things and enlarge our knowledge constantly."

The meeting concluded with the division of all FIBA Europe Universitas activities into educational, research and development projects.

"We are all here to improve basketball in all areas and I am glad that so many different parties think alike and are ready to contribute in the further growth of the sport" summarized Betancor.


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