|Former Lithuania national team coach Kestutis Kemzura is joining the group of FECC lecturers |
The third generation of the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate (FECC) is ready to complete their three-year cycle, as the last clinic is set to take place during the final week of the Sportland U20 European Championship.
The 50 participants of the programme have gathered in Estonia, where, from Monday on, they will take part in the coaching clinic as well as take their final written and oral exams, and also present their knowledge in a final demonstration.
With the action at the Sportland U20 European Championship only making up a small part of their tight schedule, the aspiring coaches are being kept busy by the high-profile FECC lecturers.
FECC mentor Svetislav Pesic headlines the group of lecturers that will share their experience and knowledge in theoretical lectures and practical group work.
He is joined by fellow renowned coaches Pablo Laso, who comes off a championship-winning season with his club Real Madrid; Janez Drvaric, youth team manager at Olimpija Ljubljana and a permanent lecturer for the FECC since 2009; and strength and conditioning expert Sasa Jakovljevic.
For the first time, Kestutis Kemzura will be among the lecturers, contributing to the high level of education.
The former Lithuanian international started his coaching career during the 2001-02 season as an assistant coach at Besiktas Istanbul and built on his reputation at the helm of the Lithuanian national team, leading his country at the home-EuroBasket in 2011 and clinching the bronze medal at the 2010 World Championship.
The FECC lays its focus on the coaching and development of youth players, preparing its participants in the best possible way for the work with young players and their transition to the senior level.
The current class hopes to pass all exams and join an impressive list of graduates so far, with the certificates being presented at the official ceremony on Sunday.