To apply for either/or both the:
- Basketball in Schools Programme;
- Basketball Promotion Programme;
The Basketball in Schools Programme
The Basketball in Schools programme, under the auspices of the Malta Basketball Association, was launched in January 2015.
This project came into being after the official proposal was given the go-ahead and was endorsed by the Ministry of Education, the Parliamentary Secretariat for Youth and Sport as well as the Department of Education.
This programme is, in essence, aimed to create basketball awareness amongst schoolchildren as well as aid the national effort to have more physical activity during regular school hours. In fact, the sessions are essentially basic basketball awareness sessions to introduce the game of basketball to the young kids but at the same time also introducing generic physical exercise through core fundamentals and basic body co-ordination activities.
The procedure followed is that this programme is gradually being offered to all the primary schools in Malta and middle year schools. An interested school applies for the programme and, once accepted, will then select which year group/s will be taking part in the programme. We are suggesting that two year groups will be addressed per school and the choice should ideally be between (taking the local year group structure in schools) Year 4 (8 year olds), Year 5 (9 year olds), Year 6 (10 year olds) and, as from the coming months, Form 1 and 2 (11/12 year olds).
The programme consists of a four (4) to seven (7) session programme in each respective school spread over a short span of weeks (we are recommending once a week) with each session fitting in the normal school day’s timetable so as not to disrupt unnecessarily the academic subjects and thereby making it easier for heads of schools to accept to include the programme in their school’s activities.
The Malta Basketball Association, being eager to have more schoolchildren become aware of basketball and increase the possibility of them opting to play basketball with local clubs later on, generally provides all the necessary basketball technical equipment for the sessions with the only requisite asked being at least one basketball board.
This programme is really primarily aimed to create basketball awareness amongst schoolchildren but is also envisaged to be an aid (both from the education and sport central administration’s perspectives) to the much needed, national effort to have more quality, physical activity during regular school hours for our children.
Basketball Promotion Programme:
This is another part of the MBA programme and which is also offered to all the schools in Malta. The concept here is that the ‘schools come to basketball’.
In fact, in this programme that has been running for many years, a school may opt to have their students within the participating year group/s visit the Ta’ Qali National Basketball Complex, run by the Malta Basketball Association, on a similar technical programme as the ‘basketball goes to the schools’ programme.
Schools opting for this programme, will visit the basketball complex (where all the national youth, junior and senior games are played as well as the house of the Malta Basketball Academy) and do the basketball sessions within the same complex.
The sessions will also be made by personnel engaged by the Malta Basketball Association and using all the equipment already within the same complex.
Given that each visit will be of not less than two hours, the basketball sessions will be longer as the school children will be spending quite some time in order to take part in the sessions which are essentially basic basketball awareness sessions to introduce the game of basketball to the young kids but at the same time also introducing generic physical exercise through core fundamentals and basic body co-ordination activities.
This programme is run by Mr Leonard Falzon and has seen the participation of many schools in the last years.