New basketball academy in Windhoek

• By Michael Uugwanga

A new basketball academy in Windhoek by the name of Redhoop Basketball Academy was launched two weeks ago. The launch was delayed by a year due to Covid regulations.

Redhoop Basketball Academy is under the Basketball Artists School (BAS) Foundation an after-school programme which focuses on education, life skills and basketball.

BAS aids underprivileged children from Katutura by also offering meals, academic tutoring, life skills orientation and sports to 60 participants daily.

BAS foundation has been running for 11 years and has produced both male and female beneficiaries who are now ready to plough back.

Redhoop Basketball Academy was birthed with the help of BAS programme volunteers – top female basketball players Petrina Aron and Jacobina Uushona.

The academy is being coached by a young and dedicated Pedro Pasile with the aim of producing future players that will be taking the country’s basketball to greater heights.

“Redhoop Basketball Academy has 12 participants. So far the academy has two girls and 10 boys. We are hoping to see more girls joining the academy.

“The academy offers basketball training for beginners, intermediate and advanced basketball players from the age of seven to 20 years old. The programme also focuses on creating basketball leaders for their communities and not only for them to learn or improve their skills but to contribute to the growth of basketball in Namibia.

“The programme provides players with a practice plan that caters for the athletes based on the athlete’s skill level,” said Pasile.

Namibia’s basketball has over the years been in doldrums due to lack of funding and minimal interest from the general public.