PPI-SA Veteran Coach reflects on Turkey Camp

This week’s blog is written by PPI-SA veteran coach Sifiso Mthembu. Sfiso recently went to Turkey to coach and facilitate at the Jump Basketball Tournament from the 3rd – 9th of September 2016. This is what he had to say about his experience in Turkey.


Coach Sifiso when he arrived in Turkey for the Jump Basketball Tournament.

I was born and grew up in Molweni and joined PPI-SA when I was a teenager as an LDP participant. From being a participant I progressed to being a coach and an area coordinator in my community. During my time as an area coordinator, I was selected to represent PPI-SA in America, Cape Town and Johannesburg. I have been so fortunate to be afforded such amazing opportunities at PPI-SA.

But, being selected to be one of the coaches facilitating at the Jump Basketball Camp in Turkey goes down as one of my favourite experiences. It was wonderful to teach basketball fundamentals to Turks and Syrians.  I also really enjoyed experiencing the different cultures within Turkey.

Sifiso with PPI-NI Opperations team leader Debbie Byrne (2nd from right) and PPI-DC Program Coordinator Rochelle Coleman (far right) and coaches from the camp!



The week long camp was well-organised and fun, and it was really great to learn from the other coaches who were at the camp. I was really excited to meet and engage with PPI coaches from other sites. Thank you PeacePlayers International for this unforgettable experience. Thank you to the US Embassy in Turkey as well as the Turkish Basketball Federation for putting on fantastic week of camp!


It was fun to coach during camp, but we made sure to play basketball ourselves as well!




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