KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – One hundred and sixteen children with thirty-one officials participated at the first ever community developmental coaching curriculum and underage basketball leagues workshop and other activities in Kaduna.
The workshop, organized by the Youth Alive Global Initiative and tagged: “Train the Trainer”
held in Kaduna on Tuesday, had legendary developmental coach and former Junior D’Tigers, Gaffer Daudu as the lead facilitator.
Also, on hand to train participants include an experienced basketball developmental camp coordinator, and Head coach FCT Angels, Emmanuel Odah, who spoke on the rules and values of Mini and Cadet basketball coaching with practical classes and solutions for coaching kids at underaged levels.
According to the initiator of the event, former D’Tigers star and Technical Director, Lagos State Basketball Association, Gbade Olatona, the primary objective of the event is to reach out to children from ages 6 to 18, to primarily satisfy their passion in the game of basketball.
Olatona said that once the children pick interest in the game, then Youth Alive’s responsibility is to nurture them, and also partner their parents to ensure that they are appropriately trained through programs so that the children can realize their dream and vision in life.
“So, that is why we regard every child at the program a winner – a win-win situation for every one of them.
“We also mentor them to know the key role of education in the scheme of things. That knowing the game of basketball alone without education will not make them attend greater heights in life.
“We are giving them the platform to play the game, but at the same time they must also know that education is important for them to be able to go to any length in life, that is the essence.
“We have been doing this in Lagos state and its suburbs, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti states and even Delta state,” he said.
Continuing, the former D’Tigers star said the essence of Youth Alive Global Initiative in Kaduna is to share the program as being run in Lagos in the north, as well as take some useful tips to grow the game of basketball.
“So we are here for an exchange program and in the process, have extended the event to cover neighbouring states like, Kano, Jigawa, Niger, FCT Abuja, Bauchi and Kaduna making six to join two teams from the south; Lagos and Delta states. Unfortunately, Delta state could not make it, and so we decided to give Kaduna more slots to make up the eight teams that are here,” he added.
In its 10th year, the Youth Alive developmental programme has grown from a community development programme in Lagos to being tagged as the best Youth and development sports league in South-West, Nigeria and now a step closer to becoming a national pride.
As a practical test of the newly acquired knowledge, Eight Under 14 teams from 5 academies resident in Kaduna and 3 visiting academies from Lagos, Jigawa and FCT, Abuja, would compete in a friendly but competitive atmosphere till Friday when the curtain closes on the first Kaduna Youth Community League, with a community outreach to less privileged kids.
Dignitaries at the clinic include: Vice President Nigeria Coaches Association, Coach Sani Turi; Coach Alidu Muhammad, Coach Gambo Danjuma of the Nigeria Defence Academy, (NDA), and other coaches from neighbouring states including Zaria, Jigawa, Abuja, Lagos among other developmental coaches resident in Kaduna.
The five-day event is supported by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited and the Nigeria Basketball Federation.