|20 October 2009|
Madrid´s Centro Norte Hotel was a busy place last weekend as it played host to the this year's Get Together, an initiative by the FIBA Europe Youth Commission which aspires to study he continent's youth competitions and development programmes.
FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin, FIBA Europe Youth Commission President Asterios Zois as well as all Youth Commission members and FEB Vice-president Juan Martin Caño were in attendance.
The Madrid event provided an opportunity for members of several European Federations to familiarise themselves with the ‘FEB Method', a development model devised by the Spanish Federation (FEB) which has consolidated the country's position as one of the leading contender in Europe's youth competitions.
"Hard work and good organization at grass roots always brings positive results at all levels," commented Nar Zanolin.
"It is important working with the kids from an early age so they end up being part of the basketball family, either as players or simply as grown-ups to whom basketball plays an important part in their lives," emphasized FEB Sports Departement Director Ángel Palmi.
FEB President José Luis Sáez had previously advocated the importance of basketball education: "The formula of the FEB Method in the last years has given us both sport success and personal satisfaction, because the projects doesnn't finish on the court; it also offers a complete education."
During the Madrid ‘Get Together' members of the FEB´s Sports Department - José Silva, Juan Antonio Orenga, Manuel Aller, Francisco Rodríguez, Josep Alemany, Ramón Jordana and Ana Junyer - explained to programme participants the structure of the FEB Method.