The Malta Basketball Association runs two different basketball awareness and promotion projects. Both projects are fully endorsed by the Ministry of Education, the Parliamentary Secretariat for Youth and Sport as well as the Department of Education.
FIBA also actively assists the Basketball in Schools Programme through the FIBA Europe YDF (Youth Development Fund).
The two projects are somewhat distinct, even though similar at a technical level. These programmes are, 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.
a) The Basketball in Schools programme:
The objective is to create basketball awareness amongst schoolchildren as well as aid the national effort to have more physical activity during regular school hours. The idea is that ‘basketball goes to the schools’. Qualified personnel, who are also teachers per profession, engaged by the Malta Basketball Association, will visit schools to deliver the basketball awareness programmes. The concept envisaged for this programme is that a selected year group/s will be provided with a 5/6 session schedule spread, with a lesson per week/fortnight (each session would be circa 35-45 minutes to fit in within the class daily schedule). This serves to introduce the kids to the game of basketball at a very basic level and amalgamated with basic body co-ordination activities.
This programme is offered to all the primary and middle year schools in Malta, be they public, religious or independent schools. Schools will 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 old), Year 5 (9 year old), Year 6 (10 year old) and Form 1 (11 year old).
The Basketball in Schools programme is coordinated by Mr Bernard Vassallo.
This is the other part of the MBA programme and is also offered to all the schools in Malta. The concept here is that the ‘schools come to basketball’. The basis is identical to the Basketball in Schools and the main difference is that all sessions will be held at the Basketball Complex in Ta Qali and are of a longer duration, normally not lee than two hours.
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 basketball sessions are held within the same complex. The sessions will also be run by personnel engaged by the Malta Basketball Association and using all the equipment already within the same complex.
This programme is run by Mr Leonard Falzon and has seen the participation of many schools in the last years.