|The FECC class of 2013 took center stage at the U20 European Championship at half-time of the semi-final|
The third generation of the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate (FECC) ended with 44 proud new graduates receiving their graduation plaques on the final day of the U20 European Championship in Tallinn Estonia.
During the clinic, which ran from 14 to 22 July the students heard lectures of FECC mentor and FC Bayern Munich head coach Svetislav Pesic, Real Madrid head coach Pablo Laso, Olimija Ljubljana youth team manager Janez Drvaric, strength and conditioning expert Sasa Jakovljevic and new lecturer Kestutis Kemzura, former Lithuanian national team head coach and current coach of Czech champions CEZ Nymburk.
What had the participants on their toes however was the second part of the week, which saw them take their exams.
While graduating was the main goal, a special prize was waiting for the four best of the class, as they will get to coach the two teams at the U18 All Star Game which will take place during the final stages of EuroBasket 2013 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Borut Fijavz (Slovenia), Ludmil Hadjisotirov (Bulgaria), Jari Nykänen (Finland) and Andreas Kaineder (Austria) convinced their examiners and secured the desired positions in the game that previously featured stars like Jonas Valanciunas or Dario Saric, who are expected to represent their countries at EuroBasket this year.
It will certainly be a special treat for Fijavz, who will get the chance to coach the best talent on the continent in front of a big crowd in his native Slovenia.
|Borut Fijavz receiving his graduation plaque from FIBA Europe Secretary General Kamil Novak and FECC Mentor Svetislav Pesic|
The plaques were presented by head of Coaching Department Michael Schwarz and the lecturers while FIBA Europe Secretary General Kamil Novak also joined to underline the importance of the programme.
Not only the four winners were delighted with their results as the general feedback was again overwhelmingly positive.
"I got a lot of new information and knowledge about basketball. It was an amazing feeling to be there and listen to the lectures," commented Hungarian graduate Imreh Ajtony.
"I [now] have got the knowledge I can use to build a special youth programme and make a systematic plan for my club to have players in the Hungarian National Teams. This is my main goal," he concluded, underlining the main focus of the FECC, which has always been to develop young players.