A two-day exercise to select youngsters who will join Rwanda’s first public basketball academy was concluded on Sunday at Musanze polytechnic, in the northern province.
Youngsters playing against each other in teams during the screening excercise.
The exercise involved 43 boys and girls competing for 30 places available in a basketball academy slated to start January 23, 2017. Those to be selected must fulfill a condition of being talented and having completed O level to join a 3-year program.
Director General of WDA Jerome Gasana marking remarks at the end of the two day screening excercise.
Jerome Gasana the Director General of WDA officiated at the closure of the two-day screening exercise conducted by Professional coaches from the Rwanda basketball federation. Gasana said that this initiative targets identifying youth with different talents that can be shaped into professionals for their (students) social-economic endeavors in their lives.
The Ministry of Education represented by the Workforce Development Authority in December 2015 signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Ministry of Sports and Culture, leading to the establishment of sports academies in different sport disciplines.
Richard Nyirishema the Vice President of the Rwanda basketball federation (FERWABA)
In his remarks, the vice President of FERWABA Richard Nyirishema said that this is an opportunity for the federation to use the academy to train professionals with a keen follow-up even after their training. He urged trainees to work hard so as to become role models not only in Rwanda but the whole region. Creating professionals in basketball without an established academy has been a challenge according to Nyirishema.
Trainees pose for a group photo with WDA and FERWABA officials after the screening sessions.
The establishment of a basket ball academy at Musanze Polytechnic will also be followed by other identified schools and disciplines; EAV Kabutare (identified for Football academy), IPRC East (Volleyball), IPRC West (Handball), IPRC South (Swimming & Athletics) and IPRC Kigali (Tennis & Cricket).
Some of the basketball coaches who conducted the screening