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iCoachKids and FIBA Blaze New Trails Down Under

The Erasmus+ project developing free educational resources for grassroots coaches was presented at the FIBA Oceania Mini Basketball Convention in Echuca, Australia.

Representatives from 15 Basketball Federations in the FIBA Oceania Region met in Australia for two days of cooperative learning aroun Mini-Basketball

FIBA, the world’s governing body for basketball, and its charitable arm the International Basketball Foundation (IBF), have embarked on a global quest to develop and promote Mini Basketball, the adapted format of the game for children up to 12 years of age. A major drive of this campaign is providing coaches with educational opportunities to help this mostly volunteer workforce create positive Mini Basketball experiences for children across the world.

After impressing delegates at the FIBA Europe convention  last June with its holistic philosophical approach to the coaching of children and FREE suite of online resources , IBF requested iCoachKids made the trip Down Under to offer support to Oceania coaches and federations. Dr Sergio Lara-Bercial, project director, travelled to the historic town of Echuca in Victoria to conduct an on-court demonstration on how coaches can support children develop their own thinking and problem-solving skills whilst enjoying the game of basketball. In addition, Sergio ran a workshop with delegates based around The iCoachKids Pledge, ten evidenced-based golden rules for positive experiences in grassroots sport.

IBF's Social Corporate Responsibility Associate Mr Theren Bullock was delighted about this collaboration: It was a great opportunity to have Sergio present iCoachKids at our FIBA Oceania Mini Basketball Convention. Sergio’s infectious enthusiasm mixed with his expertise in coaching kids was a great asset in our mission to boost the Mini Basketball movement globally. The iCoachKids approach of creating a fun environment for children is in direct correlation with our philosophy that we want to instil in our member National Federations

iCoachKids will continue cooperating with FIBA and IBF over the next few months to spread the Mini Basketball philosophy and message across all other world regions with trips planned for December (Sri Lanka, FIBA Asia) and Mexico (FIBA Americas).

iCoachKids is co-funded by an Erasmus+ grant and led by Leeds Beckett University (LBU) and the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE). It brings together another six world-class organisations with a common desire to support children and youth coaches and a proven track record of doing so. These include Sport Ireland Coaching, the Hungarian Coaches Association, the Netherlands Olympic Committee, the European University of Madrid, Lithuanian Sport University, and the Royal Belgian Football Association.