FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate 2017 – 2019 invitation to apply!

The curriculum for the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate has been developed by some of the best known coaching experts in youth basketball. The mentor of this programme is Svetislav Pesic, widely recognised as one of the most successful basketball coaches in Europe and the world. Along with Pesic, the other lecturers who will teach as part of the FECC are: Janez Drvaric Sports Director of Olimpija Ljubljana Youth Teams; Henrik Dettmann – Finnish national team head coach; Nihat Izic – Turkish national team assistant coach;  Lucien Legrand – Technical Director of France’s INSEP (Institute National du Sport et de l'Education Physique); Pablo Laso – Real Madrid (Spain) head coach.

The clinics are always organised in conjunction with the European Youth Championships with an examination as part of the final element. The first clinic will take place in August 2017 at the U16 European Championship Men Division A. The second clinic is scheduled for the summer of 2018 at the venue for the U18 European Championship Men Division A with the third and final clinic taking place in the summer of 2019 at the venue for the U20 European Championship Men Division A. The clinics will be held during the last 7 days (plus two travel days) of each tournament. Sundays and Mondays are planned as travelling days.

Participant conditions and criteria for selection:

Nominees must be a currently affiliated coach of Basketball England and be actively coaching young players. In addition, nominees must be totally committed to attending and completing all elements of the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate.

  • Hold a UK Passport
  • Be coaching within the Performance Pathway and or National Teams
  • Coach in National League / BBL and/or WBBL League Experience or equivalent in another country
  • Hold a Level 3 Qualification (desirable)

The participant will have to sign a heads of agreemnet with Basketball England on the role they will have to play in sharing the information when they come back from the course.

To receive the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate each participant must:

  • attend all three clinics in full
  • complete 2 written papers
  • pass a practical examination
  • pass the oral examination
  • pass the final written exam

The successful candidate must (1) complete a comprehensive written report detailing coaches learning, new skills, techniques and drills on each week to be circulated to all Basketball England coaches and (2) deliver presentations to Basketball England’s Talent Pathway coaches and staff at three regional clinics and the national conference.

Candidates will need to cover all transportation and accommodation expenses themselves.  However, Basketball England will reimburse agreed costs up to a maximum of £500 on completion of their delivery at regional and national conferences. There is no coach tuition fee for the FECC.

Application process:

Nominations are invited from all sections of the basketball community. All nominees should forward the completed 2017 FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate application form including an electronic passport sized photograph along with a covering letter detailing how the FECC fits within the applicants’ personal development and future coaching plan to Brian Aldred, Coaching Participation & Development Manager via email on:, no later than 15th February 2017. The selection process is to be completed by FIBA at the end of March 2017.