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Leeds Beckett academic is key speaker at international Mini-Basketball Convention


Leeds Beckett Senior Research Fellow, Sergio Lara-Bercial, travelled to Matosinhos in Portugal to take part in the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Mini-Basketball Convention – FIBA is the world governing body for basketball. 

iCoachKids Director Sergio Lara-Bercial and FIBA President Horacio Muratore

The convention attracts a wealth of Mini-Basketball Directors and Coaches from federations around the world to share knowledge and experiences. As Project Director for iCoachKids, and with extensive knowledge surrounding sports coaching, Sergio hosted several talks aimed at addressing best practice in the sport.

The former Team GB Basketball Coach heads up the iCoachKids project that is designed to support the development of a Specialist Children and Youth Coaching Workforce across Europe. Co-funded by an Erasmus+ grant, and led by both Leeds Beckett University and the International Council for Coaching Excellence, the project began in September 2016 and is due to be completed in August 2019.

Alongside presenting three new free online courses, Sergio introduced the iCoachKids Pledge consisting of 10 golden rules to ensure a positive experience for children, as well as a practical session with Portuguese children.

iCoachKids Pledge

Speaking out about the convention, Sergio, who works at Leeds Beckett’s Carnegie School of Sport, said: “We are delighted to support FIBA, the International Basketball Federation and the Mini Basketball Movement. Their objectives are very closely aligned with ours and basketball, the second most played sport in the world, is a fantastic vehicle to spread our message across the world.”

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