Basketball in Schools Programme in Paola Primary B
The Basketball in Schools programme is one of two 'Schools Promotion' projects currently being undertaken by the Malta Basketball Association.
The Basketball Promotion Unit (BPU) led by Leonard Falzon has been around for a number of years and in this programme, students, ranging from Primary to Secondary level come to the MBA Training Courts in Ta' Qali where they are provided with basketball sessions.
The Basketball in Schools programme was launched last February and is led by Bernard Vassallo. In this programme, basketball goes to the schools (not catered by the BPU programme) themselves and is aimed for ideally Year 5 and 6 students over the course of 4/6 sessions over respective weeks whereby the students are introduced to the game of basketball added with physical exercise drills.
One of the schools serviced in April and May was Paola Primary B and here the MBA was also assisted by Hibernians BC, the main club in the area, who provided one of their foreign players, Fabrizio Mariani/Churchill Barrows, as helpers during the sessions. The programme in Paola was also concluded with Hibernians being invited to present a basketball demonstration on the final day.
Other local clubs are invited to come forward and, similarly to what Hibernians did, join the MBA Basketball in Schools programme for sessions in schools within their 'catchment area'. Any interested clubs can contact Bernard Vassallo on
The MBA Basketball in Schools would like to thank the staff at Paola Primary B for their collaboration especially the Assistant Head, Mr Chris Cocker and the Head of School, Ms Mary Bonello with the latter being very enthusiastic on the programme and even spearheaded the installation of new basketball boards in the school's yard!
Photos from various sessions held at Paola Primary B: kindly click here to view the photos