National U-18 girls, youths’ training camps please TBF

DAR ES SALAAM: THE Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) has been satisfied with the progress of the girls’ national team camp at Orkeeswa Secondary School in Monduli, Arusha.

The youth team is in camp to prepare for the Fiba Africa Under 18 Women 2024, Zone V competition that will be held from 9th to 14th June 2024 in Kampala, Uganda.

Agnes Njavike, the TBF Children and Schools Commission Secretary, said in Dar es Salaam on Thursday that the federation officials had a two-day visit to Arusha early this week. Njavike stressed that the national under-18 girls comprised of 12 players under two coaches’ camps are doing well and motivated ahead of the big show.

Moreover, Njavile also said they are pleased with the eight-day youth under 16 and U-18 boys and girls training camp success.

The youth training camp that brings together over 51 youths from ten regions was held from March 28 to April 4 this year in Arusha.

It was conducted by 14 coaches from different regions. Njavike mentioned the regions that participated and the number of players who attended the training in brackets are Mwanza (14), Arusha (outside Orkeeswaa, 10), Dar es Salaam (seven), Singida and Kilimanjaro region (five each), Lindi, Kigoma, Tanga, and Iringa (two each) and Mbeya with one player.

Coaches are Mwanza (three), Kigoma, Iringa, Mbeya, Moshi, Mwanza, Singida and Dar es Salaam regions (two coaches in each region). “Coaches and players were paid the fare to and from, food and accommodation,” said Njavike.

She added that during the camp players learned basketball game skills as well as life skills.

Njavike unveiled that among participants some of them had an opportunity to continue with training as looking for a place to join the U16 and U18 national teams if they met the criteria! “We also visited other projects including the Outreach programme which is under Orkeeswaa School. “It is a programme that has hugely succeeded, has already reached eight schools and helped them build standard basketball courts and also provides them with coaches who are paid by Orkeeswaa themselves,” she said.

Njavike named beneficial schools are Lashsine Primary School, Ngarashi Primary School, Enguiki Primary School, Monduli Juu, Primary, Mazezi Primary School, Landikinya Primary School, Alkaria Primary School and Orkeeswaa Primary School.

The Outreach Programme has also been able to touch children who are slow learning to read and write (K.K.K), they bring these children and help them for extra time lessons to fulfil their academic studies.

She said that every Saturday there is also a joint training programme at Orkeeswaa Secondary for children and those who are being prepared for Umisseta and Umitashumta according to Njavike.

Along with visiting the girls’ camp, TBF also managed to visit a youth league called D-League run by the Pamoja Project of Arusha Ngarenalo. She said that the league has a total of 23 teams in the different categories including (U12, U41, U16, U18, and U19).

“This league is running for the 3rd year now and the success is very great. We congratulate our basketball game stakeholders for the efforts they put in place and the results we have seen in the programmes,” she said.

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