Malta Basketball Association

Associazione Sportiva La Salle – the guest team in this weekend’s pre-season Independence Cup tournament

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The Associazione Sportiva La Salle, based in Rome, was reborn, as a sports entity, in 2011 in the wake of a prior forty-year sports tradition, with the aim of renovating the facilities and giving new life and enthusiasm to sports, educational and social activities.

In the 1970s and 1980s La Salle produced some excellent basketball players and distinguished itself in the in the Italian Serie C championship and the youth championships.

A fresh start was made in 2011 and nowadays La Salle is returning to its past standards and aiming to achieve much more in the future.

Season 2018/2019 ended with La Salle winning the men’s Serie D championship and was thus promoted to a higher level. This season La Salle will now feature in the Italian Serie C Silver category.

At the same time, the organisation is aiming to increase its number of teams including at the youth and junior levels. At present, La Salle boasts of 250 members, including 80 girls, a source of great pride for all the staff that includes names with considerable experience.

Top of the list is the Technical Director and trainer, Stefano Sbarra, who played in the Serie A for Lazio (1980-1981), Banco di Roma (1981-1987) and Napoli (1987-1994) with one championship, one Champions Cup, one Intercontinental Cup and one Korac Cup with Banco Roma. Sbarra also featured in four games for the Italian national team in 1986.

The La Salle Serie C squad is coached by Daniele Todisco assisted by Luca Vitali and Gabriele Alesse. The latter coach, who joined La Salle this Summer and has been entrusted to be mainly responsible for the La Salle youth sector, was in Malta up to some years ago coaching the national under 16 and under 18 boys team as well as at Depiro

Other coaches in the La Salle structure include former women players Chiara Lai and Chiara Perfetti as well as Filippo Lunadei and Simone Campagna.

The La Salle team is entirely made up of amateur players who still train and play hard despite the various work and study commitments.

 

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