Basketball-Lenny Aglaé selected for Fiba Europe coaching certificate programme


Coach Aglaé accepts his plane ticket from Mr Gopal in the presence of Socga and SBF officials

Head coach of the female Juniors team, Aglaé will be among 60 coaches to attend three coaching clinics over a period of two years. The clinics are always organised in conjunction with the European Youth Championships with an examination part as the final element.

The first clinic will run from August 11-19 alongside the Under-16 European Championship for men division A. The second will be in 2014 during the Under-18 European Championship for men division A and the third in 2015 during the Under-20 European Championship for men division A.

The purpose of organising the clinics in line with the European championships is to monitor the development of the young players over a period of two years and in three major competitions.

Aglaé received his plane ticket this week from Seychelles Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association (Socga) president Antonio Gopal in the presence of other Socga executive committee members and representatives of the Seychelles Basketball Federation. The plane ticket has been sponsored by the Olympic Solidarity.

“I feel proud and privileged to get the opportunity to follow such a coaching course. It’s a big achievement and is one of the dreams. Now I have to make the most of the opportunity given to me,” Aglaé, 42, told Sports Nation.

The coaches nominated for this programme will:
. Gain a competent level of knowledge of European youth basketball (identification of players),
. Get high quality coach clinics (development of players),
. Secure top level education for young talents,
. Gain a reputable coaching qualification with great references, and
. The certified coaches will bring their knowledge back home and in turn raise national coaching standards.

The Fiba Europe coaching certificate curriculum has been developed by some of the best known coaching experts in youth basketball and the programme’s mentor is Svetislav Pesic, who is widely recognised as one of the most successful coaches in Europe and the world.

Pesic won the European title with Germany (in 1993) and Yugoslavia (in 2001) and the world championship title with Yugoslavia (in 2002). He was also a Euro League winner as player and coach and was coach of the year in Europe in 2003.

Other coaches include Janez Drvaric, Pablo Laso, Lucien Legrand, Kostas Missas, Nihat Izic, Aysim Altay and Sasa Jakovljevic.