The association’s official, Kizito Bahati said the training, which will be supervised by American basketball coach George Ellis, will involve youngsters who are currently attending the body’s junior training program at Kiloleli.
The training will be held in cooperation with Ilemela district’s sports and culture department and a non-governmental organisation dedicated to promotion of sports, Planet Social Development (PSD).
The training as revealed by Bahati, is a continuation of the program aiming at unearthing and grooming of basketball talent and will, also involve domestic basketball coaches from Dar es Salaam and Mwanza with a view to equip the latter with skills in promoting the game.
“We expect to organise the drills either at the CCM Kirumba Stadium or Kiloleli basketball court and the program will involve youngsters from various primary and secondary schools in the city,” Bahati said.Ellis, Bahati said, who is expected in Mwanza on September 11, is also scheduled to train youngsters in Dar es Salaam and Arusha.
He said Ellis had previously supervised training in Tanzania last year in cooperation with national basketball team’s coach, Matthew McCollister, who is also from USA.
“We request sports enthusiasts to help us meet food and accommodation cost for Ellis and coaches from Dar es Salaam,” Bahati disclosed.He also said MRBA needs financial support to foot food and transport bills for youngsters who will attend the training.
“We are still optimistic over securing support from several stakeholders that cooperated with the association in the launching of the program that was attended by the Deputy Minister for Land, Housing and Human Settlement Development, Angelina Mabula,” he added.
The firms, as noted by the MRBA official, include Ilemela district municipal director, CRDB Bank, Angeline Foundation, MOIL, Chemi&Cotex Co. Ltd, PEPSI, Atlas Copco and other stakeholders.
MRBA, according to Bahati, is optimistic over the youngsters that are attending the association’s program will later secure scholarship in American colleges, if the youngsters will perform well in studies and basketball.