|A player is put through their paces in a practical session at the 2014 FIBA Europe Mini-Basketball Convention and U14 Get Together|
More than 60 delegates from over 30 countries attended the second annual FIBA Europe Mini-Basketball Convention and U14 Get Together in Warsaw, Poland over the weekend of 17-19 October.
Weekend proceedings consisted of many elements, including practical sessions and seminars. The practical sessions were run by Mariusz Świerk from local Polish basketball club, MKK Sokołów Podlaski.
Part of the weekend was to also learn from other sport structures, in this case volleyball, with Zbigniew Krzyżanowski speaking of his expertise in developing and implementing successful volleyball programmes for youth. Additionally, the Director of the Sport for All Departments in the Polish Ministry of Sport and Tourism, Dariusz Buza, presented his ministry's philosophy and new projects aimed at children in the 7-10 years age category, called Orlik Basketball Mania.
International presentations were undertaken by Sweden and Germany who discussed their basketball programmes that specifically cater for children, whilst the FIBA 3x3 Sports Director Kosta Iliev spoke of the role of 3x3 basketball in developing fundamental basketball skills in a fun and enjoyable environment.
From FIBA Europe, Michael Schwarz, the Head of the Coaching Department offered a presentation on how FIBA Europe assists coaches in the development of young talent, whilst person responsible for youth, Radmila Turner provided convention attendees with information about FIBA Europe's new youth-specific website.
FIBA Europe, who were responsible for organising the weekend, were represented in Warsaw by FIBA Europe President Turgay Demirel, FIBA Europe Secretary General Kamil Novak, President of the FIBA Europe Youth Commission Asterios Zois and FIBA Europe Board Member and President of the hosting Federation, Grzegorz Bachanski.
"Such get togethers reinforce the commitment FIBA Europe has at utilising the best tools and resources we have at our disposal to develop European basketball from the bottom up," commented President Demirel, who added: "we must also thank the Polish Federation for the wonderful hospitality they have shown us throughout our stay here in Warsaw."
Everybody involved in the weekend agreed on its success and value, with interest in expanding the event in the future by splitting the event into a mini-basketball convention and an U14 Get Together.