DILI – Basketball is a very powerful thing, it can bring people together, create amazing moments of joy or give people hope.
In Timor-Leste, basketball’s popularity is growing rapidly because certain members of the community have stepped up and said that they want to help the people of Timor live more active lives.
Since FIBA’s visit, the FNBTL coaches have already introduced over 1,000 new participants to basketball through community visits, hosted five 3x3 festivals averaging 17 teams at each event and grown their new Facebook page to 3,951 followers.
FIBA recently revisited Timor-Leste to assist the FNBTL conduct a coaching workshop for existing and new community coaches plus meet with government organisations in Dili.
“It’s amazing to see how many coaches want to get involved with the program,” said former Australian Opal and FIBA Development Manager – Oceania, Annie La Fleur. “Every time I am here in Dili I can see the impact basketball is having on the mothers and children in the community. You can’t keep the smiles off their face once they have that basketball in their hands.”
These coaches will work with the existing ‘Mum’s a Hero’ coaches to promote the sport in the community and help the mum’s of Timor realise that they are all heroes.
The FNBTL’s ‘Mum’s a Hero’ program is funded by the Australian Government through the Asia Sports Partnership program.