The FIBA Europe Referee Coaching Certificate (FERCC) was the order of the day in a recent visit by Alan Richardson of the FIBA Europe Referee Department to the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Worcester.
The FERCC is designed to be an accredited qualification for FIBA Europe Referee Instructors and it is part of the FIBA Europe UNIVERSITAS project.
In the meeting the University of Worcester were represented by Mick Donovan, Head of the Institute of Sport and Exercise and Gareth Jones, Head of Curriculum.
The final design of the 2-year course will include modules on teaching and learning both classroom and activity based, distance learning assignments, basketball theory and practice and the qualification will be recognised by the European Qualifications Framework. The generic core of the course may encourage other sports to follow basketball.
Gareth Jones was excited about the potential of the course while Mick Donovan was very pleased with the opportunities being created by the FIBA Europe UNIVERSITAS and the partnership with the FIBA Europe Referee Department.
Alan Richardson commented "this was a very productive meeting of like-minded people and I am very confident that the final outcome will be of great benefit to FIBA Europe Referee Instructors and Referees."
The project falls under the European Professional Qualification Framework and it is supported by EOSE, the European Observatory of Sport and Employment.
The relationship between FIBA Europe and the University of Worcester in England through the UNIVERSITAS project is on-going and growing by the day.
"The FERCC is yet another step towards facilitating participation in sport," commented FIBA Europe Head of Operations Miguel Betancor who revealed that UNIVERSITAS is ready to deliver the first ever scientific basketball magazine.
"There have been numerous such magazines in the history of sport but never one specialised on basketball and that we would like to change."