Basketball aims to improve grassroots’ projects

August 6, 2015, 11:29am

Basketball aims to improve grassroots’ projects

The Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF) is set to concentrate its efforts on grassroots’ basketball for the next few years.
NBF president Andrew Masongo explained that although the Khomas Basketball Association (KBA) League has been ongoing, a lack of new players coming in could stifle the growth of local basketball.
“There is a lack of new breeds coming into the league, and we realise that in order to keep basketball growing, we have to tap into primary and secondary schools as the youth are a key component in aiding the success of the sport,” he explained.
This comes after Joachim Spägele of the Basketball Association of Baden-Wuerttemberg (BBW) was appointed by the German Basketball League (Deutscher Basketball Bund (DBB)) as commissioner to Namibia in a bid raise the profile of the sport.
Discussions identified the need for an improved grassroots’ set-up, and in time experts will be coming in to draft programs to establish it.
“Experts will be coming in to help with the training of coaches, as well as with our administration. We have had a drop in qualified coaches.
We know how good the German League is. It is one of the best in the world, and their input will be invaluable to us,” said Masongo.
He added that it’s a privilege for Namibia to receive this help, and boasted that this is the only country in Africa which had this aid been extended to so far.
Masongo also encouraged parents to support their children who take up basketball, saying the support will go a long way into not only the development of the youth players, but basketball as a whole.
Given what is often considered meagre funding from government for sports’ codes, Masongo was excited about these potential developments which could see change.
Recently, the Namibian Sports Commission (NSC) had a meeting with various federations to discuss the prioritization and categorization of sports codes in the country.
Federations aspiring to benefit from development grants would be required to submit a development plan, with a national competition structure in place and hosted in towns other than Windhoek.
Although the KBA League is thriving, NBF leagues outside of Windhoek are yet to commence. However, plans to roll them out are in place.

By Andreas Kathindi