|18 July 2011|
|A group of FECC third group participants watching an U20 European Championship game in Bilbao, Spain |
The final stage of the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate (FECC) third group got underway in Bilbao, Spain on Monday, to coincide with the U20 European Championship Men.
The 52 participants that passed the initial two stages of the program have one week of very hard work ahead of them, as the oral and written exams, as well as a demo exam on court await them towards the end of it.
FECC mentor Svetislav Pesic and lecturers Pablo Laso, Head Coach of Real Madrid and Janez Drvaric, Olympjia Ljubljana Youth Teams Sports Director, do not make it any easier for the young coaches as the busy schedule they have prepared for them, with the assistance of Belgrade University professor Sasa Jakovljevic, keeps them busy for most of the day.
When they are not in the classroom, the FECC group are visiting one of the two arenas in Bilbao that host the U20 European Championship, to watch the games.
"The U20 Championship was the most logical setting for the final stage of the second group of the FECC," commented FIBA Europe Coaching Coordinator Michael Schwarz.
"These coaches started the program in 2009 at the U16 European Championship, the next year they were at the U18, so in order for them to follow the natural progression of these players they had to be here," Schwarz explained.
The graduation ceremony for the successful coaches will take place on Sunday, in the presence of FIBA Europe President Olafur Rafnsson and Secretary General Nar Zanolin.
The FECC third group will start the three-year program later this month, during the U16 European Championship that takes place in the Czech Republic.