Youngsters relishing experience at skill development camp

Young athletes from around the country are being served up a healthy dose of basketball this week as part of the Under 14 National Skill Development camps in Rotorua.

Eighty Girls from 29 associations made their way to Tui Ridge yesterday and will spend the next three days working to better understand what it takes to play sport at a high level.

The focal point of the camp is to help show the invitees how they can best develop as a basketball player, but they’ll also be encouraged to carry their learnings over any other sport or area they’re committed to.

Camp Director Dave McKay spoke prior to the event that it’s important athletes try their hand at as many sports as possible and enjoy the experience rather than focusing on the result, aligning with Sport New Zealand’s “Balance is Better” philosphy”.

The activities run over the three day-events will be both on and off the court. These include: fundamental skill sessions, nutrition seminars and open discussions relating to mental wellness.

The girls’ camp finishes up on the same day the boys arrive, Wednesday 21 April, where they will then get together for their assembly through till Saturday 24 April.