GSP Update on KSA

The last few months have been quite involved for the GSP’s basketball development work in Saudi Arabia. Coach Deb led her local team on an exhibition tour to Paris, competing in friendly games against a local French team. Coach Deb’s team played extremely well and were victorious.

Coach Bradley has continued his work with a U12 team. They recently competed in a local tournament, which consisted of sixteams. This was the first time, that we were aware of, that a girls basketball tournament has been organized in the city, demonstrating a progressive outlook for female sports. Coach Bradley’s U12 team competed admirably, finishing in second place overall, losing only the championship game. 

GSP is excited to have a part in basketball development in Saudi Arabia, and we look forward to future tournaments to both improve performance and increase participation in girls basketball.

Despite Frustrating Finals Loss, GSP Coach Resolves to Coach Again Next Year

 

 

GSP Representative and licensed Argentine Football Association coach Gonzalo led a team to the final match, in a tournament which is organized annually by the Bangladesh community in Muscat. 

The tournament is made up of two phases. The first phase includes four groups with three teams in each group, along with a second phase made up of the best eight teams from the group phase. These 8 teams competed in elimination play, with a quarter-final, semi-final, and final game.

According to Coach Gonzalo, his team made the final game due to their high level of play. Unfortunately, however, they were unable to come away victorious. During the second half, with the game tied at 0-0, the referee awarded the opposing team with a penalty kick. Upset with the call, Gonzalo’s team interrupted play to ask the tournament authorities to cancel the referee’s decision.

 

The authorities ruled to let the play to stand, and because of this, the players responded by leaving the game. Although Coach Gonzalo pleaded with his team not to do so, they stated that they “could not allow the opposing team to ‘steal’ the championship”.

Despite this unfortunate scenario, the Bangladesh team asked Gonzalo to be their coach again in the next tournament. He accepted on the condition that the team compete until the very end of every match. Gonzalo stated, “If the team does well, God will bring them justice, and they have accepted that.” Gonzalo will look to guide his team to another finals appearance in the next Bangladesh community tournament.

Onsight: A GSP Initiative

Onsight, a GSP initiative, is currently being developed in Nalchik, Russia. The main objective of Onsight is to create an activity center to be used and enjoyed by the local sport community.

The center will be equipped with a rock climbing gym and a coffee café. The center will also include training for bouldering, lead climbing, top roping, crack climbing, and trad climbing. The process of building this climbing wall has been going on for almost a year now, however, hopes and expectations are high that this new activity center will bring a whole new interest in climbing to the surrounding area. The Onsight team is currently in the final phase of painting the bouldering walls and project to be open to the public in the 3rd quarter of 2017.

In addition to the climbing facilities, Onsight will be actively involved in organizing running and other sporting events in the greater Nalchik area. Onsight organized one of these running events in November, which included 1K, 5K, and 10K races. GSP is very optimistic about what Onsight has to offer in spreading the vision of improving performance, increasing participation, and inspiring purpose to the city of Nalchik and beyond. 

 

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The Sudan Olympic Committee Recieves GSP Executive Staff

Steve DeVoss and Dennis Chamberlain recently traveled to Sudan to meet with the Sudan Olympic Committee. They were received warmly by the Olympic committee’s president, Mr. Hashim Haron Ahmed, and secretary general, Mr. Ahmed Abou Elgasim Hashim. Steve and Dennis are very grateful for the hospitality shown to them by the Sudan Olympic Committee and are excited for the partnership developing with the committee.

While they were there, the committee orchestrated opportunities for Steve and Dennis to meet with four sport Olympic federations. They met with the leadership of the wrestling, tennis, basketball and athletic federation. Steve and Dennis also attended youth and men’s basketball exhibition game and took a tour of the men’s tennis Olympic facilities. GSP is looking forward to providing the Sudan Olympic Committee with professional sport development services by supplying them with customized sport solutions.

GSP president, Steve DeVoss, looks forward to the sport opportunities in Sudan.

GSP president, Steve DeVoss, looks forward to the sport opportunities in Sudan.

Rafael Gomes Leads Football Player and Coach Development in Kuwait

Rafael Gomes, a GSP Rep, is completing a three-month assignment in Hawali, Kuwait as the lead football developmental coach. He is the head coach for all the boy participants in the Brazil Football Academy of Kuwait. The players are between the ages of five and nine and are split into three main groups. In coaching the participants, Gomes is not only striving to improve the athletes’ football abilities but also to equip the local coaches with the resources and tools that they need to continue to build up the program. 

GSP Tunis Introduces the Game of Ultimate Frisbee

GSP Tunisia Reps, Jared and Abi, have introduced the game of Ultimate Frisbee to the young men and women of Tunisia. GSP’s work normally involves supplying sport federations with high quality services in the field of sport development and training. However, as an important part of our corporate mission GSP pursues opportunities to introduce new sports into local communities in order to encourage physical activity and increase participation in sport. The game of Ultimate Frisbee is a fun and interactive sport that allows individuals of all ages and skill levels to participate.

GSP Tunisia is developing a dedicated group of men and women who are learning how to play Ultimate as well as building a new sport community. Coming from different sport backgrounds that include football, wrestling, judo, track, and many who have no sport experience at all, the Ultimate players have united around a new banner with a vision to grow the sport and compete at a high level. Playing Ultimate in Tunis has created a unique environment that allows Tunisians of all performance levels and backgrounds to work together and reach new goals. 

Saudi Basketball Girls Compete and Win

The Jeddah Ballers basketball team was led to victory by two GSP coaches in Saudi Arabia last month. For the past year and a half, the nine to eleven-year-old girls have trained with their coaches but were only been able to participate in one competitive game. However, that changed when the Jeddah Ballers competed in their second game and finished victorious.

Their coaches were not only proud of the girls for their win, but also for the way that the Jeddah Ballers treated the other players during and after the game. Mark, one of the proud coaches, spoke about how the girls played terrific “but more than that, they were encouraging and gracious to their opponents after the game was over.” The team is now looking for more competitive matches in order to improve their basketball skills as well as develop positive character traits through the game. 

GSP Reps Present at IAAAC 2016 Conference

GSP Reps Dave and Katie Johnson, Certified Athletic Trainers, presented at the International Association of Athletics Administrators and Coaches (IAAAC) 2016 conference held in Bangkok, Thailand. This was Dave's 5th IAAAC conference as a presenter and lecturer and Katie's first. Dave and Katie led three workshops on correct procedures and techniques for taping. They also presented lectures on sports nutrition and basic sports medicine concepts.

The IAAAC conference is held annually and offers approximately 50 sessions in theory and practical application for coaches and athletic administrators of international schools. The number of participants is capped at 110 and it has quickly sold out each of the past 2 years. The participants are generally from Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia, with a few from Northern Africa as well.

GSP President Steve DeVoss promotes the Brazil 2016 Olympic Truce Campaign

“Making Peace on Earth a Reality this Summer”

As a member of the Supporters Group of the Olympic Truce Campaign and as an essential part of GSP’s global involvement, Global Sports Partners President, Steve DeVoss, promoted the Brazil 2016 Olympic Truce Campaign during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.

Building on the momentum created by the Supporters Group’s meeting at the London 2012 Olympics and the affirmation of all 193 United Nations member states signing the Olympic Truce in 2011, Mr. DeVoss eagerly moved forward in advocating the idea of a period of peace during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

DeVoss met with Olympic delegations from numerous countries where GSP is active, soliciting their support for promoting the Olympic Truce

The goal of the Olympic Truce Campaign is to build a global network of peace ambassadors from the most vulnerable areas and cities in the world in order to promote the idea behind the Olympic Truce as a time of peace during the biggest worldwide sporting event. While one of the major action steps and measures of the movement, i.e. a One Minute Silence at the Olympic Opening Ceremony, could not be accomplished during this year’s Olympics, the Wall of Peace was erected in the Athletes Village. Many famous sportsmen and women put their signature on the wall to express their mutual support of the Olympic Truce. 

DeVoss and Global Sports Partners welcome all-comers to the cause. 

To learn more visit this link or Contact GSP directly.

Building Bridges with Basketball in Spain

Sport is a universal language, bringing people together across cultures and continents. GSP recently participated in a series of basketball friendly matches in southern Spain. A team of athletes from the United States competed against Spanish club teams from Córdoba and Málaga (Alhaurín de la Torre).

The players competed on the court, shared life experiences and encouraged one another to press forward in making a difference through sport and business. The athletes from the United States enjoyed touring the city of Córdoba and the port of Málaga. Friendships were formed as the teams shared a post-match meal together.

This positive experience allowed the Spanish teams to test their level of play while competing against an opponent with a different style of play.  Another example of how GSP's projects help clients improve performance and inspire purpose!

GSP Experts Train Youth Soccer Coaches

Level II-B Coaches Training

The ongoing Saudi Youth Sports Initiative (SYSI) program continued during the last week of January in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Ten coaches were enrolled in this Level II-B Coaches Training, held at the Fisal Zahid Sports Park.

Each of the participants previously attended Levels I and II-A of the coaches training taught by GSP experts from the United States. Only those who has successfully completed the earlier courses were allowed to attend. Each coach was given a notebook on the first day and each day thereafter was given the pages of study, training and exercises for that day's training. Time was spent both in the classroom for preparation and explanations, as well as on the field in practicum. The final two days were evaluation days where the GSP experts, Coach Craig Lange and Coach Doug Williams, observed and examined each individual coach's practice plan and how it was  carried out on the field with players.

In the end, eight of the coaches successfully completed the course and were awarded their certificates. Over the next year they will be implementing their training with the respective teams that they each coach. Periodic visits by GSP staff and FZ Park directors will be carried out to provide on-going evaluation. At the end of the year, successful coaches will be provided an opportunity to advance to a higher level of certification.

Bravo to our experts on a job well done and to the coaches who attended each and every session.

GSP and the WNBA in the Arabian Peninsula!

In March 2015, Global Sports Partners collaborated with the US State Department to bring Ruth Riley, former WNBA star, and Becky Bonner, NBA Assistant Coordinator for International Basketball Relations, to Saudi Arabia to interact with women and girls engaged in the local sport, health and fitness lifestyle.  Over the course of a busy week, Ruth and Becky traveled from Riyadh and the Eastern Province to Jeddah on the Red Sea coastline.  

GSP was instrumental in coordinating basketball training opportunities for Ruth and Becky with local sports entities in the Kingdom.  The girls and women who participated in the events were greatly encouraged and excited to have this unique opportunity to learn from women excelling at the highest levels of sport in America.  

GSP was pleased to see the positive impact of this collaboration on all sides.  Great appreciation goes to Ruth and Becky for taking the time and energy to share their skills and experiences with many women and girls in Saudi Arabia.  It was a worthwhile venture that merits the exploration of further events of this caliber.

Qatar Youth Coaches Workshop

Three American sport experts recently conducted a 2-day training workshop in Doha, Qatar, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and hosted by Al-Rayyan Sports Club. More than 30 local coaches participated in classroom and on court/field instruction in the disciplines of Physical Education, Football, and Basketball.

Many thanks to Al-Rayyan for hosting this event, and to all the participants for bring energy and enthusiasm to the workshop. For more information, please also see this article in the Gulf Times.

Bulova China Soccer Camp Wrap-Up

For 6 days in late July and early August, Global Sports Partners hosted the Bulova China Soccer Camp on the campus of the Beijing Institute of Technology. More than 100 camp participants, ages 8-14, enjoyed high level soccer instruction and fun games meant to teach the value of sports in an individual's life. Parents of all participants were invited to attend the camp's closing ceremony, and over 100 parents came to see their child honored at the end of camp.

Basketball in Algeria

In addition to other ongoing ventures in North Africa, Global Sports Partners has placed an under-16 boys club basketball coach in Algeria. The team was formed in the fall of 2012 and recently completed its second year of competition together. In the past two years, all players have shown tremendous improvement in both basic basketball technique as well as team strategies: spacing on the court, movement without the ball, and the fundamentals of man-to-man defense. As the players have progressed, they have increasingly played "team basketball" rather than simply focusing on their individual skills.

Bulova Beijing Soccer Camp

Today kicked off the Bulova Beijing Soccer Camp, held at the Beijing Institute of Technology. More than 120 local youth are participating in a week of soccer training and fun, conducted by Brazilian Coach Lamartine Silva with assistance from many local coaches. The generous funding of the Bulova Foundation has made this camp possible, with on the ground coordination from GSP staff members in the US and China.

Saudi Youth Sports Initiative Phase II

June 2014 brought the conclusion of Phase II of the Saudi Youth Sports Initiative (SYSI) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. SYSI Phase II continued the "train the trainers" curriculum begun last year, instructing new basketball and football coaches and conducting boys camps in both sports. Three weeks of instruction and training took place between 8-26 June 2014, with all sessions held at beautiful Faisal Zahid Sports Park in Jeddah.

Basketball Referee Training

Global Sports Partners (GSP) is pleased to share an inspiring story of sport development from earlier this year. We believe it is possible to cross barriers and bring hope in every location and context, and we are proud to partner with local organizations who seek to improve their country's culture of health, wellness, and sport. In many countries women's sport has low levels of participation, and this particular initiative addressed the lack of qualified female basketball referees available for local competition.