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Lagos holds basketball capacity training for schools’ coaches




As part of efforts to teach the basics of coaching cum techniques of the game, the Lagos State Basketball Association (LSBA) is organising a four-day workshop from October 25 to 28 for schools and academies.

The training is staged in collaboration with Dynaspro with the aim of training the existing developmental coaches, as well as identifying new ones by evaluating their capability to handle children at their sensitive and formative ages.

According to the chairman of LSBA, Babs Ogunade, Dynaspro would be partnering the state in the programme, with the association providing technical and managerial support for the partnership.

“The LSBBA is saddled with the responsibility of developing the game in Lagos across gender lines. The clinics and trainings we have had speaks for itself, but we are however not averse to partnerships and collaboration in improving capacity. We welcome inputs and partnerships from any well-meaning group, and in this case, Dynaspro to partner and inject capacity building across all lines in the quest to teach and improve the game of basketball in Lagos State,” Ogunade said.

Also speaking on the programme, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dynaspro, Oluseyi Oyebode, said among its objectives are to ensure those saddled/to be saddled with the responsibility of impacting fundamental skills/knowledge are trained, tested and certified.

He added that there would be appraisal for trainers in both theory and practical, while certificates and licenses would be issued to successful coaches based on the results.

He added that the project targets 250 participants, who would be mentored by such luminaries as former national basketball team coach to the London 2012 Olympic Games, Ayo Bakare; Director, Nigeria Institute for Sports (NIS), Adokie O’Brien; Oliver Babatunde Johnson of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria; Prof. Clement Fasan of Lagos State University (LASU); Kindsley Ojiagburu, a FIBA Graded Referee; George Berefori of American International School, Lagos; Dr. Adeyeye Festus of University of Lagos (UNILAG); Deputy Director, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Nelson Peter, and Prof. Grace Otinwa of UNILAG.

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