Waterfall College’s new basketball court

2017-08-22 06:00
Waterfall College’s new basketball coach, Nkosi Bengu.

Waterfall College’s new basketball coach, Nkosi Bengu.

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THE new basketball court at Waterfall College is in action five days a week and boasts an experienced coach, Nkosi Bengu, to boot. The sports facility was built with the support of many sponsors and enabled by the public benefit organisation, Focus on iThemba, which owns the educational campus on which it is built. 

Tayla Blades, Focus on iThemba Donor Relations Officer, says: “We are thrilled with the new basketball court and how it has enhanced our campus. We are grateful for the generous support and partnership from sponsors in making this a reality. We look forward to continue developing the iThemba campus.”

Bengu was recently interviewed by Hillcrest Fever ahead of a training session. His colleague, Zophila Mthembu, warmed up nearby. Bengu described the new court as “perfect” and said he hoped to see a second one built to enable the Waterfall College girls to also play basketball.

“As a coach I believe in discipline. This is a very technical sport, so you have to learn the basics. Repetition is important in basketball. It is all about the footwork,” said Bengu.
He explained how basketball is still a growing sport in South Africa, but is big in America, and that many South Africans are now playing overseas.

Asked about the new team of junior and senior boys he is coaching at Waterfall College, he said: “You have to start somewhere. I like it that the pupils are dedicated because it’s hard to teach someone who is not interested. They are eager to learn and enjoy the sport, but it will take time and practice.”

Reflecting on how he came to be such an experienced coach, Bengu said: “I love this sport because it has done so much for me. Growing up in Molweni, I starting off playing volleyball at school and then I moved to basketball about 10 years ago. When I was 17, I was selected to play for KZN and that’s when it all began.”

“I had a personal trainer, Emmanuel Madondo, who coached me for free. Then in Grade 11, I went to trials with Myles Delport, head coach at Kearsney. Myles was introduced to me by PeacePlayers International, a non-profit organisation that uses basketball to unite and educate children and their communities.
“I coached basketball U14 A at Kearsney for seven years, and at Highbury Preparatory School. Highbury was just starting out in basketball and it was not a big sport then. But after two years, we participated in district trials and then in 2015 we won the KZN champs for top schools in basketball and went on to Johannesburg to win the top SA schools.”

Waterfall College is establishing two basketball teams, one senior and one junior. For the Highway Basketball League, a team will be selected from local schools who are relatively new to basketball.
These schools include Waterfall College, Curro Hillcrest High, Hillcrest High, Thomas More College and Pinetown Boys High. The teams will be trained, thereafter the final team will be selected for the league.
The fixtures have already been announced for the fourth term as term three involves pre-season training. Teams are preparing for the Kearsney Tournament to be held in the September holidays.

Waterfall College thanks the sponsors who contributed to the new basketball court - title sponsor, 6Bar Construction. Major sponsors are Metier Mixed Concrete (for the concrete) and X-Rad Trailers (for the stands). Minor sponsors are Décor 8, Shaves, Midlands Signage (for the scoreboard), Stump Terminator, Super Digger, Northside Electrical and DL Flooring.

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