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This Delhi school offers NBA training by certified coaches to budding basketball players

The training, which follows the NBA style of developing skills, is conducted at Apeejay
School, Panchsheel Park’s basketball court



Education at Apeejay is not just about academic excellence. In line with its vision of promoting holistic development in children, there is equal emphasis on sports, among other co-curricular activities, that guarantee the physical and mental development of students.

Apart from regular sporting events, Apeejay Schools provide a platform for young basketball enthusiasts to train as per the National Basketball Association (NBA) standards. The training is managed by Valedra in association with India on Track, which has partnered with NBA Basketball School.

NBA is a professional basketball league in North America comprising 30 teams (including one in Canada). It is an active member of USA Basketball (USAB). The league has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 49 languages.

NBA Basketball training curriculum 

Held at Apeejay Panchsheel Park’s school basketball court, the training is conducted by two certified coaches. “The senior coach has a basketball coaching license along with a master’s degree in Sports Sciences; the assistant coach also has a degree in Sports Science,” says Ujjwal Raj, Venue Operations Manager, India on Track.

He adds, “The sessions are held thrice a week, i.e., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with a rest day in between to avoid too much strain. Each session, which lasts for about an hour, begins with a warm-up, followed by a drill and then a basketball match.”

“The first month of training is focused on individual skill development, mainly ball handling before engaging players in team-focused workouts as that helps overcome anxiousness,” says senior coach Tushar Gosain, who represented the state of Haryana in the Senior National Basketball Championship and the University of Delhi in All India Universities Championship.

“Once students are familiar with the basics, the training slowly shifts towards concepts of basketball as a team which includes more passing and moving the ball around the court. The team concepts start from 2v2s and 3v3s then shift toward a full-court 5v5s game. There are two skill-oriented sessions and one speed-and-endurance-focused session every week,” he explains.

Apart from following the “NBA-way” of training, the players are provided a diet chart to improve strength and overall well-being. Prepared by Tushar, who is also a certified sports nutritionist, the diet plan includes a balanced intake of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, protein, and adequate water.

Says Harshit Mitharani, a class IV student at Apeejay Panchsheel Park, “I enjoyed the classes thoroughly! Earlier I was a fan of football but thanks to Tushar sir, I love basketball now. He explained the rules of the game in a fun way. Not only did I learn a new sport but also lost weight and grew in height. It even got me into the habit of staying active.”

Interaction with professional NBA players

The training is done in two batches—the junior batch has students up to the age of 12, and those who are 13 and above enroll in the senior batch. Those who prove to be exceptional players are thereafter promoted to the NBA Academy as well.

The students are also able to interact with professional NBA players occasionally. More such interactions are being planned in the coming months.

To encourage students to enroll, they are provided one free trial session. The quarterly fee for the programme is Rs 9000.

Viaan Arya, a class V student of Apeejay Panchsheel Park, shares, “I wanted to learn basketball and have been training for four months now. I have grasped the basics like pivot, crossover, layup, and dribbling. I think I am progressing fast and enjoying the overall experience.”

“At Apeejay Education, sports and sporting facilities adhering to international standards is a priority. Being a sports enthusiast myself, I feel that in order for India to shine globally in various sports, the youngsters ought to get international level exposure at a young age. NBA training by certified coaches is a definitive step in that direction.”

-Dr Neha Berlia, Co-Promoter, Apeejay Stya and Svran Group

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Principal Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.