In fact, this was a breakthrough where Metta School is able to form the basketball team with the main objective to compete and participating in the mentioned league with only about 2 months of intensive training.
It was challenging for Metta students as most of them, with support from Mdm So (supported for V3 students to join), our principal, only started training in July during weekly basketball CCA sessions. Students worked hard for more training during the school holidays, Saturdays and after school during the weekdays before the competition.
They came at 9 am to start their 3 hours training with break in between (train at Simei neighborhood basketball court). Mr Darren, HOD, was able to get us a coach in July. Mr Walter, though so patient & kind, nevertheless he was ‘hard’ at times and pushed them to train harder. Imparting basketball skills to the students was an uphill task in the beginning as it was physically demanding. Basketball involved direct human contact, therefore students were taught to focus on skillfully getting the ball from the opponent without getting violence or abusive. Lots of self control and team support. Any outburst from the players was skillfully handled and as a team, students were able to shake hand and forgive one another. It requires great skills and focus to control one’s emotions and ability to play as a team.
Initially, it was hard to get students to come on time and to focus on building their stamina. Either they were complaining they were tired after 15 minutes of training or running 2-3 rounds or they want to just sit and talk. However, after 4-5 training sessions, students were showing good attitude and started to show enthusiasm and lots of passion during training. Mr Walter had indeed instilled such desire in them that students were training for longer time and would rather not rest. They had to compete with each other during training. The girls’ team was getting good at playing and they challenge the boys’ teams and put up a great ‘fight’ during the game with them. Though students fell and bruised themselves, it didn’t deter them from continuing with the game (and during the competition). In sports, one will understand that injuries and bruises are inevitable during games and competitions.
On the day of the competition, except for two students, 10 students were able to come in earlier and prepared themselves. Once at the competition site, students were a little nervous as it was their first time in basketball competition. They started off slow, but after the first round, students were able to catch up and played well. They were able to follow the rules, played as a team and above all kept their emotions under control. Metta is definitely proud of our basketball players who came in 2nd and 3rd position for the boys’ team. It was worth all the effort as our students learnt ‘soft skills’, ‘CCE values’ and resilience in real situations. Mr Walter, Mr Darren and Miss Selina had given all their support during the competition.