Students take first shot at basketball

11 Jun
Fitness Zone founder Wu Chun (C) in a group photo with the teachers and students at Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja (SMPDSM) Secondary School in Kg Mentiri

Fitness Zone founder Wu Chun (C) in a group photo with the teachers and students at Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja (SMPDSM) Secondary School in Kg Mentiri before the start of the ‘Hopes in the Hoop’ basketball clinic yesterday. Picture: BT/Adib Noor


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

STUDENTS at Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja (SMPDSM) Secondary School in Kg Mentiri were treated to a basketball instruction session led by Brunei’s Basketball National Team Coach Kevin Reece and retired Philippines Basketball Association (PBA) player Erwin Velez yesterday.

The basketball clinic was part of Fitness Zone and KFC’s “Hopes in the Hoop” initiative to get more people to take up the sport.

Principal of SMPDSM Hjh Monaliza Hj Abdul Halim welcomed the visiting HIT (Hopes in the) Hoop Teams.

“We are proud to be the host and welcome the HIT Hoop Teams to our beloved school. We at SMPDSM are proud to be part of the Hopes in The Hoop programme,” she said.

“It is hoped that today our students will be inspired to be their best that they can be, and that some of our students can become good basketball players. And most important of all, find joy of playing the game of basketball.”

Coach Reece and Velez taught basic basketball techniques, such as dribbling and doing lay-ups, and shared some pointers on how to be a better player.

One of the clinic organisers, KFC’s marketing manager Jonathan Bong said, “We want them to know the game and at the same time spot which students have the potential and talent in playing basketball.”

Wu Chun, founder of Fitness Zone and Bruneian superstar, also took part in the clinic much to the students’ delight.

Playing the game since he was 12, Wu Chun told the enthusiastic crowd, “Basketball taught me many things, discipline, teamwork and determination to keep working harder to be a better player.”

One way to measure your skills and ability is by participating in tournaments.

The students and teachers were invited to join the upcoming KFC Fitness Zone 3-on-3 Streetball Challenges which have categories for schools and students.


Speaking to The Brunei Times, Wu Chun said that Fitness Zone has been working closely with the Ministry of Health to promote healthier lifestyle in Brunei, especially to the youth. “What’s better than trying to promote it with the game of basketball?”


“It’s a fun game. That is why we have been working with KFC to promote the game by organising tournaments to give a chance for the youth to compete and play the game they love,” he said. The next leg of the tournament will start June 21.


The “Hopes In the Hoop” is an ongoing collaborative programme conducted by both Fitness Zone and KFC with participating schools which include Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Secondary School, Meragang Secondary School and St Andrew’s Secondary School.


Source: The Brunei Times


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