KEREMA (Papua New Guinea) – Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea (BFPNG) confirmed but once more their dedication to increasing their basketball program all through the nation. The Basketball Federation visited the Kerema District on the Gulf Province.
The BFPNG delegation included President Karo Lelai, Hoops For Well being Coordinator Jordan Sere, and accompanied by Olympian, Linda Paulsen.
“It was a giant delegation for our BFPNG group together with our President and training volunteers,” shared BFPNG CEO, Nick Daroa. “We have been additionally honored to have Linda (Paulsen) with us as a result of her impression with the members was felt based on our group.”
The Federation’s go to to Kerema was deliberate for weeks and, BFPNG carried out numerous applications to assist promote and develop the sport within the district; which incorporates an Introduction to Basketball, Hoops For Well being Coaches, and Referees Court docket Session, 3×3 Introduction, and a Expertise Problem to conclude the 3-day occasion.
“The applications rolled out in Kerema have been an enormous success though for a lot of the members that is their first time to be launched to the game. However with the assistance of the gamers and coaches of the Kerema Beginner Basketball Affiliation the occasion attracted lots of people that wished to be taught the sport,” shared Daroa.
“We have been capable of arrange 3×3 tournaments for U15, U18, and Open Combine to all of the members becoming a member of the camps,” he added.
BFPNG additionally included an Oceania Sports activities Schooling Program (OSEP), which was headed by Paulsen, and the presence of the Olympian was an enormous increase to this system based on Daroa.
“We’re going to look and overview this program however I imagine having somebody like Linda or Peter Pulu who’re nationwide icons within the nation is a superb worth add to us working our applications,” he defined.
An innovation that BFPNG was proud to share was the Expertise Problem they organized for Kerema. The Federation utilized their learnings from taking part within the FIBA U15 Expertise Problem earlier this 12 months.
“The brand new Expertise Problem was an eye-opener as a result of everybody was so excited and desperate to take part after we have been establishing the courtroom. The suggestions we obtained from coaches, mother and father, and spectators have been overwhelming,” mentioned H4H Coordinator Jordan Sere.
Regardless of the challenges introduced upon by the COVID-19 pandemic, BFPNG is following up on its dedication to deliver the sport past Port Moresby. Daroa vowed that BFPNG is barely starting, with its aim of creating basketball one of the crucial common sport within the nation.
“Whereas the pandemic has affected many sporting federations within the nation, BFPNG is discovering methods to proceed to succeed in new heights. Because of our companions FIBA, Pacific Sports activities Partnerships, the PNG Olympic Committee, and PNG Sports activities Basis, we’re reinforcing our dedication as a Federation to constantly assist, develop and develop the sport within the nation,” Daroa proudly shared.
BFPNG’s Hoops For Well being program beneath their Basketball For Good technique is supported by the Australian Authorities by way of the Pacific Sports activities Partnerships, and FIBA’s Basis, the Worldwide Basketball Basis.