The Mobile Basketball Project is coming to an end!
Here is what has been going on:
DEVELOPMENT OF THE CURRICULUM
The staff assisted by multiple international volunteers worked on the development of this 5 month curriculum. The curriculum includes 5 sessions that were implemented at the three selected sites with the support of the partner organization.
Each session is 2 hours long and is divided into three sections:
•Partner Workshops for Project Sustainability.
The first step was to identify a cadre of 15 youth among 150 DUNK members. The selection went according to their involvement, their interest and the potential they have shown in becoming peer educators. The coaching trainings were conducted by coach Charlie Bridge and included theoretical and practical components.
The selected Young Coaches were also introduced to officiating matches by Frank Sefakor. Four (4) theoretical sessions with our Referee expert Mr. Frank Sefakor were conducted as well as dozens of practical sessions where the young referees officiated youth and adult Basketball matches while being evaluated by their leader, Jesse Amegbo. The selected Young Coaches were also introduced to officiating matches by Frank Sefakor. Four (4) theoretical sessions with our Referee expert Mr. Frank Sefakor were conducted as well as dozens of practical sessions where the young referees officiated youth and adult Basketball matches while being evaluated by their leader, Jesse Amegbo.
CONSTRUCTION OF A COURT
During our assessment phase in Kokrobite, we realized that there were no safe spaces for children from this poor fishermen village to play. Most of the children from Kokrobitey were found wondering around the beaches or followed their parents to participate in the fishing activities.
A piece of land was donated by Lindsay (CEO of Volunteer-to-Change) for the construction of a Basketball Court on the same land her eco-friendly school is being built.
In order to allow the community to take ownership of the project and also promote the feeling of belonging, all the construction materials, labourers and contractor services where hired/purchased in Kokrobitey. Apart from these local labourers, 20 youth from DUNK-Nima were selected by the Youth Committee to participate in the construction of the court. Bringing along shovels, a wheel barrow and more, it was day of hard work and accomplishment for our selected members. (Date: 3-01-2014)
The two other selected sites/partners had their own Basketball Court.
Hebron Houses (Chance-For-Children)
A total of 23 boys and 27 girls participated in the workshops (50 participants). Boys and girls were trained separately to allow both groups to feel comfortable in learning a new sport. The participants were very receptive and appreciated the sessions. CFC has been a great host and fed our young coaches at the end of every session.
Hebron Houses Testimonials
“I learned that we must not say we cannot do it, if we work hard we can do it”
Adobea – 15yrs
“I learn that we have to work together. Thank you all for coming here to training with us, we really enjoyed it and I pray that you will come again”
Madam Gladys (Care Taker/ old participant)
“The dynamics in it and how the small coaches gets everybody massively taking part and also the comments that follow when a players attempts in amazing”
”They will understand how to work together, improve their concentration, have fun and most of all develop self-discipline”
Freda Opoku (Social worker)
A total of 26 children from and around Kokrobitey between ages of 6-16 years are being trained at Kokrobitey’s newly built Basketball Court. These sessions are being monitored by John Gbeho, who is in charge of carrying out the practices in between our sessions.
Dodowa (Orphan Aid)
There were 20 participants from Dodowa among which 6 were girls. Only one session was conducted with Orphan Aid so far. The second session was canceled due to a Volleyball tournament they were participating in.
The session began with an ice breaker allowing our young coaches to get to know the children from Dodowa. This was followed by a life skills training based on TEAMWORK. The children were then divided into 3 groups to learn some basketball skills on dribbling, passing, lay-ups and shooting.
“I learned about TEAMWORK and that all of us have to know how to work with each other!”
“I like the training, it was fun.”
“We don’t get match to play, so we want you come again so we can play with you.”
Gladys - 14 yrs
Here are some of our results:
A safe space for children to play has been built in Kokrobitey;
The participants from Kokrobitey received basic equipment to enjoy their sessions such as shoes, shorts and T-shirts;
96 children were introduced to the game of Basketball in three different communities;
96 children have acquired new life skills: leadership, teamwork and respect;
3 local ambassadors are taking ownership of the project and are being empowered by our members;
3 partner organizations have been equipped to carry on the project (4 balls and 10 jerseys per site);
15 members of DUNK were provided with employability skills through coaching and referee clinics;
11 sessions were held in three different locations;
Salim Hussein was trained by FIBA coaching officers who were impressed with his skills. He was the youngest participants of the training;
Our young coaches are leading DUNK-Nima sessions;
Our young referees are now officiating adults matches with great success.
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In August 2013, The 11th Edition of OBC Basketball Tournament was to take place in Cote d'Ivoire. Multiple teams were to participate in that tournament for all ages! Given that basketball is not well organized in Ghana, our members do not get the chance to compete and measure themselves against others. Therefore this trip to Ivory Coast was meant to give a total of 30 players the chance to travel, get exposure, learn a new culture, practicing another language and PLAY.
However, at the same time AFRO Basket, a world renoun FIBA competition was taking place in Cote d'Ivoire and the tournament had to be postponed. As an old saying goes: Plans are made to be changed!
A great trip was awaiting for our 30 selected members. In deed, On Thursday, we embarked on a trip to Kumasi were Basketball, the Manhyia Palace, a swim at the pool, and more Basketball was on the agenda. We ended our great journey at Orphan Aid in Dodowa to visit our friends from Dynasty Basketball Camp and play some friendly matches. Thank to those who made it possible.
It is an experience our members will cherish for the rest of their lives!
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