Engen fuels basketball coaching development:
US Coaches Enrich Basketball in SA
Friday 09 October 2009
The sixth annual Engen US Coaches Tour, in association with the Kwa-Zulu Natal
Basketball Association, was held in Durban from 26-30 September. The tour
included a visit to Durban High School, and a coaching clinic for youth at the
Victoria Mxenge Community Centre in Umlazi, culminating in a Coaching Seminar at
the University of KZN
The accomplished team of US basketball coaches was led by Joyce Jenkins, a
former basketball star and current President of Future Incorporated. Joining her
were an all-star team of basketball coaching royalty that included Marvin Harvey
(Chairman and Founder of Harvey's Shooters Touch Academy and former Coach of the
WNBA Houston Comets, YeRushia Brown (WNBA veteran and former Furman University
basketball standout) and Carl Mattei (Head Coach, Regis Jesuit High, Aurora
The tour began with a visit to Durban High School where the US coaches shared
invaluable basketball knowledge with forty young and aspiring male and female
basketball players. The discussion focused on the fundamentals of the game as
well as the importance of balancing sport with their academics. Those who
attended were also given the opportunity to interact with the visiting coaches
as well as showcase their skills in basketball matches arranged by the eThekwini
However, the main focus of the tour was a four-day intensive "Coach the Coaches"
Seminar which took place at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal from 27-29
September 2009. The primary aim of the seminar was to enhance the technical
knowledge of amateur basketball coaches. "We hope to give the coaches enough
information when we are not with them that they can go and teach what we teach.
Our aim for this programme and all our programmes for the year is teaching to
teach", said Coach Marvin Harvey.
The fifty amateur coaches from across the country who attended the seminar, were
presented with a comprehensive basketball coaching manual containing helpful
information that would aid them in transferring what they had learnt to the rest
of their basketball playing communities. "Two things I'm hoping the coaches have
would have learnt is the ability to slow things down, as everybody wants to
learn the game so fast. The second thing is the importance of the fundamentals
of the game. The fundamentals provide you an opportunity to stay in the game to
be able to play against anybody,' said Carl Mattei.
On the last day the US Coaches conducted coaching clinics in the Mxenge
Community Centre with the youth in Umlazi. 80 young players from surrounding
communities attended the two-hour clinic and were given the opportunity to
develop their basketball skills. "Sport around the world keeps kids off the
street and keeps them out of trouble from doing negative things so for the past
nine or ten years that Engen has been involved, think of how many kids they have
saved from the streets", said Joyce Jenkins.
The primary objectives of the clinic consisted of four essential elements,
namely; shooting and ball handling, defence, passing and a life skills
discussion focusing on the importance of education. Each participant received an
Engen basketball hamper consisting of a basketball, water bottle, t-shirt and
Marvin Harvey's "Get the Shot" DVD.