|New FECC lecturer Kostas Missas during a FECC clinic with a demo team|
The FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate (FECC) kicked off in its third generation at the U16 European Championship Men in Hradec Kralove and Padubice, Czech Republic.
Since the launch of the FECC in 2007, two generations have graduated from the three year programme.
The third generation features 60 coaches from 35 national federations that will attend the clinics alongside one U16, one U18 and one U20 European Championship over the course of three years and graduate in the summer of 2013.
The group features prominent names such as Uvis Helmanis, the current coach of Barons Riga, who has been representing Latvia as a player for more than 12 years and played in as many as six EuroBasket Final Rounds.
Another well known face is legendary Lithuania forward Saulius Stombergas, who lifted the Trophy of EuroBasket 2003, when Lithuania last won the tournament.
For the current one-week clinic that went from July 31 to August 8, the FECC mentor and legendary coach Svetislav Pesic and his group of experienced coaches took their students through theoretical and practical lessons, analysed game situation and worked in small discussion groups to give a complete picture of modern and successful coaching.
Alongside Pesic, a bigger than usual group of lecturers ensured the highest possible level of education.
Janez Drvaric, Nihat Izic, Sasa Jakovljevic and Lucien Legrand, who already had FECC experience were joined by the Greek Women's National Team and U20 Men coach Kostas Missas, who made his first appearance at the FECC.
"I had a long summer travelling" Missas revealed
"But I am really happy I came here. The programme is fantastic and all participants can immensely profit from it."
Over the course of the following year, the students will have to complete some theoretical studies and hand in papers before the next reunion in the summer of 2012.