After a nice holiday break and lots of planning sessions in the office, PPI-SA’s 2014 programme officially kicks off next week with a week-long training camp for staff and coaches. Basketball tryouts and practices for our primary school participants will commence the following week.
This year’s training camp is particularly exciting because not only will it be longer and more in-depth than in recent years, but the first half (Sunday-Tuesday) will be held at the spectacular Shongweni Dam and Game Reserve just outside of Durban. While at Shongweni, our seven coaches (including some new faces) will receive an overview of who we are, what we do, and why we do it, gaining valuable skills and experience along the way to help them become better leaders, mentors, teachers, coaches, and ambassadors for PeacePlayers. In addition, PPI-SA staff and coaches will have plenty of opportunities to bond as a family, from cooking together over a campfire, to canoeing across the lake, to looking for rhino, zebra, and giraffe on a game drive. There are no basketball courts on the premises, but a big screen projector will allow us to view classic NBA and NCAA basketball games as a group in the evenings.
After a day off on Wednesday, coaches and staff will reconvene at the Umlazi Indoor Sportscentre on Thursday and Friday to wrap-up training camp on the basketball court. This is where our coaches will receive intensive basketball training and learn and improve knowledge pertaining to rules, procedures, concepts, strategies, drills, and techniques to improve their abilities as players, coaches, and game officials. Coaches and staff will then have the weekend off before beginning tryouts and practices on Monday with over 500 kids from around the Durban area.
We are also excited to have a special guest join us for our training camp, as Gunnar Hagstrom from the PPI-DC office will be joining us for the week. We look forward to showing Gunnar what we are all about at PPI-SA, as well as using him as a resource to improve our trainings even further.
With such a solid, in-depth training camp in place leading directly into the start of our primary school basketball programme, PPI-SA is more excited than ever for 2014 to get under way. Check back in the coming weeks (the SA blog posts on Tuesdays) to see photos and hear stories from the training camp and its associated adventures (wait til we get Gunnar face to face with a rhino)!