Hoopsters re-ceive FIBA training

Local basketball is continuing to
be active and is now looking to improve its coaching core.

For the past week and a half 20
aspiring basketball coaches have taken part in an intensive training course (scheduled
to last for two weeks).

The course, organised by the Cayman
Islands Basketball Association, is being conducted by Coach Nelson Isley. A
long-time US
coach, Isley is a highly experienced and accomplished FIBA certified coaching
instructor.

He has taught FIBA coaching clinics
in Iceland, Mozambique, Swaziland,
Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti,
Spain, Chile, Bolivia,
England, Zimbabwe, El
Salvador, Tanzania,
Ethiopia, Jamaica, the Maldives
and Canada.

This is the second course that
Coach Isley has conducted in Cayman.  He led
a FIBA Level 1 course in April 2008, which was attended by 17 participants.

Coach Isley is currently conducting
a FIBA Level 2 course for those coaches who gained Level 1 qualification in
2008.  He is also leading a FIBA Level 1 seminar
while he is here for those interested persons who were unable to take the
clinic last year.

The courses were made possible by a
financial grant from the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee, through programme
funding from the International Olympic Committee.

Bryan Hunter, President of the
local basketball association spoke about the importance of the clinics.

“We are very pleased and grateful
that Coach Isley has agreed to return to Cayman to conduct FIBA Level 1 and 2 courses.
We are delighted that we have had a very good turnout for the courses. The
primary reason why local basketball has organised the courses is to increase
the pool of qualified coaches that we have in the Cayman Islands.

“We want to improve the quality of
coaching in our various leagues and in our various youth development
programmes. Except for Coach Voot O’Garro, we did not have any FIBA certified
coaches prior to 2008 and by organising the courses that are currently being
held we have been able to offer FIBA Level 1 training to over 25 coaches and
Level 2 training to six coaches.

“All of which bodes well for the
future of basketball in these Islands. I would
like to thank the Olympic Committee for the generous financial support that it
has provided, without which we would not have been able to organise the
courses.”

Coach Isley spoke about his
feelings on coaching again in Cayman.

“My love for the game of basketball
and my desire to see the world learn the sport keeps me travelling to wonderful
countries including Cayman. I encourage all countries to start with the basics,
once the coaches know the rules the players have a greater understanding of the
game. Our education of the sport never stops.”

Technical Director for basketball
in Cayman Victor “Voot” O’Garro said the courses can lead to better players in
the future.

“The growth of the sport in the Cayman Islands is so rapid that we must keep abreast of
the technical aspects of coaching and refereeing. The more we can qualify our
coaches, the better athletes we will produce for the future.”

Annie Mae Roffey of the Olympic
Committee said sponsoring the clinic is in keeping with a desire to produce
more national athletes in all sports.

“The Olympic Committee is committed
to improving all aspects of sports in Cayman and we are firm believers in the
ground-up approach. We appreciate the work the Cayman Islands Basketball Association
is putting towards giving all the coaches the tools they need to become better
coaches and to subsequently produce a higher level of athletes.”

For more information
on basketball in Cayman, be sure to log on to www.caymanbasketball.org.

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