FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate Unites Coaches In Crete

28 July 2007

More then 60 coaches from all over Europe are currently in Rethymnon, Greece attending the first ever International coaching education programme.

The FECC is a three year programme aimed at youth coaches which focuses on the development of young talent across Europe.

The FECC is a chance for youth coaches to learn from others and share ideas about youth development.
The coaches are working under the guidance of Svetislav Pesic, one of the most successful basketball coaches of all-time.

"First of all I have been very happy with the attitude of the coaches.  They have shown very good concentration and this is what we wanted."

He also complemented the idea to organise the event in line with the European youth championships.

"This has been very useful to the studying because it allows coaches to analyze games and edit game film and to really learn about coaching players at different positions."

Pesic added: "The most important thing for the coaches here is to be able to receive information first hand about the talent identification and selection in different countries like Turkey, France or Spain. This new information will be brought back to their countries and used to change philosophies about player selection and development."

Matt Johnson, Head Coach of Reading Rockets youth teams in England was excited at the opportunity to learn from the best.

"It's been fantastic, the level of the tutoring is absolutely awe inspiring and it's been really amazing to be able to learn from some of the best coaches in all of Europe," he said.

"One of the great parts of the clinic has been meeting other coaches and being able to swap business cards and emails and just make great contacts for the future."


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