The NBA Basketball School in Dubai.


NBA launches first basketball school in UAE


DUBAI – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and StryxSports, one of the UAE’s leading sports providers, launched the first NBA Basketball School in Dubai on Saturday (March 2).

The school has registered 120 students, where young male and female students aged 6-18 years will be trained by three NBA professional coaches.

The NBA Basketball School curriculum, which is designed to develop players and provide parents, coaches and organizations a better understanding of the process of improvement, has been developed by the NBA’s Elite Basketball Development team in consultation with current and former NBA coaches, NBA players, and player development experts.

The comprehensive curriculum covers on-court training, strength and conditioning, and basketball education for young players ages 6-18 and is delivered by NBA’s International Basketball Operations staff and coaches from around the world and local coaches.

The initiative adds an additional layer to the NBA’s existing basketball development efforts in Europe and the Middle East, including the Jr. NBA, the league’s global youth basketball program for boys and girls that features 50 leagues in 22 European countries.

The NBA’s program also includes the Basketball Without Borders (BWB), the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program that has been held in Europe 17 times, with a record 27 former BWB campers in the NBA this season.

In April 2017, the NBA launched The NBA Basketball School, a network of tuition-based basketball development programs open to male and female players from outside the US, from ages 6-18. NBA Basketball Schools have since been launched in Brazil, Greece, India and Turkey.

“We’re excited to partner with StryxSports to bring the first NBA Basketball School to Dubai,” said Neal Meyer, NBA Associate Vice President of Basketball Operations, Europe and Middle East.

“Through this program, our goal is to inspire more young boys and girls across the region to develop their skills under the guidance of experienced coaches using the NBA Basketball School curriculum,” Meyer said.

“We are very excited about our partnership with NBA and to offer this great opportunity to the UAE Youth,” said StryxSports CEO, Seif Tawfik. “This is another great platform for StryxSports to provide unique training and competition programs for all abilities to empower each child to reach their full potential in the sport they love.” GAD/Expat Media


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