The world champion coach in 2006 and the Olympic silver medalist in 2008 are once again working with the Spanish Federation for an ambitious project that will be developed jointly with the regional federations that wish to join him
Pepu Hernández and Aíto García Reneses will lead the ambitious FEB Future program aimed at recruiting national players from a very young age and developing their talent to improve Spanish basketball. Pepu Hernández, world champion coach with Spain in 2006, and Aíto García Reneses, who led the team to the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will take part, along with former internationals and coaches Anna Montañana and Nuria Martínez , of the project launched by the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) and that will be developed jointly with the regional federations that wish to be part of the program.
«Aíto García Reneses, Pepu Hernández, Anna Montañana and Nuria Martínez will not only work with the players from the beginning of their training cycle, but will also share their methods and experiences with the coaches. In this way, the legacy of those who have contributed decisively to becoming a world basketball power will be exponentially amplified, and we will ensure that the talent of our young players is projected towards a future that continues to make all of Spain feel proud” , proclaimed this Thursday the president of the FEB, Jorge Garbajosa. The top leader of the FEB described the Future program as "an innovation that seeks to broaden the base of excellence that has characterized the work of the Federation in recent years."
«It is an extraordinary initiative of the FEB. We sincerely believe that a project like this is necessary at the present time to talk to the coaches, collaborate with the clubs. The important thing, above all, is to become aware of the need to review training criteria. For me, individual technique is the fundamental basis of basketball, "said Pepu Hernández, the first Spanish world champion coach with the absolute, who after resigning as a socialist spokesman in the Madrid City Council returns to work with the Federation. "Hopefully it goes well and the objectives are achieved, not only to find new values, which is always important, but also so that they work at the best possible level for their development," said former coach Aíto, one of the most Spanish basketball laureates.
The technicians-ambassadors of the program will lead masterful trainings within the framework of the Technification Program carried out by the FEB in sub-12, sub-13 and sub-14. Both in these categories and in the sub-15, technical meetings will also be held to guide the criteria to be followed in these initial stages of training. The objective is that these first concentrations of selections allow the creation of individualized technical improvement programs, which develop the natural talent of national players from the beginning of their membership in the national team, "stresses the FEB.
For former Valencian player Anna Montañana, who currently works as a coach, "working from the base with the youngest is not only necessary, but it is an exciting project." “I am convinced that putting our experience at the service of their growth and, furthermore, doing it hand in hand with leading coaches and opening channels of debate will lead us to achieve the objectives pursued by the program.” For her part, Nuria Martínez, the current 3x3 absolute coach, recalls that "learning individual fundamentals is the basis for developing the talent of our young people, and that is what the FEB intends with this new and innovative project."
The program focused on young Spanish players from the beginning of basketball practice, in childhood, to the stage prior to professionalism. "It was born with the aim of improving the modernization of young people, attracting new national players, promoting the practice of basketball from an early age and improving the knowledge of training coaches based on high-level technical-tactical criteria." The project will also reach the Minibasket and will analyze the possibilities of adapting its regulations, "in order to make it easier for the little ones to compete and have fun at the same time."
"Coinciding with the Centenary of the FEB (in 2023), we want to ensure a future at the height of our history, with players who, from childhood, are technified by coaches who have the experience of having made champions of previous generations. . The legacy of those who have decisively contributed to making us a world basketball power will be exponentially amplified, and we will ensure that the talent of our young players is projected towards a future that continues to make all of Spain feel proud", predicts Jorge Garbajosa .