The DST of HKCYS – Basketball Training Scheme cum Basketball League
The captioned training scheme is organized by the DST of HKCYS. A total of 15 youth was accepted to join the scheme and they had gone through a series of trainings in 4 months, and the core members also had a chance to participate in two league competitions. They did make an achievement In the midst of competitions among 40 teams, as they were able to be enlisted as one of the last 8 teams for the championship in one of the league competitions, and even won the second runner up in another. The youth have learnt to uphold their own beliefs, team spirit, and the importance of cooperation and communication with others to achieve excellence.
Kwan, one of the scheme participants, is academically mediocre, and he has low motivation for studying. However, participating in basketball training made him become another person. He was motivated to set goals for himself in every competition, and take actions such as attending every training session on time, trying to perform the best in the training. DST took the chance to review with Kwan, and make him realize that if he set a goal that matches with his ability, he will be able to achieve it. In addition, Kwan also understood more about himself that he is not afraid of doing repetitive work, and even gains satisfaction from completing all the tasks. With a deeper understanding about his own interest, physical fitness, ability and persistent attitude, he is considering pursuing a vocational career in construction work, which will allow him to keep up his leisure interest in basketball, and give him room to attend the basketball trainings and matches in night time, so as to achieve his own work-life mix.
Fung, another participant of the scheme, was timid and shy. He seldom speaks or raises his opinion in front of people. After the full assessment including his body figure and basketball skills, the DST assigned him to be the guard so as to plan and lead the strategies. Since Fung is interested in playing basketball, he was courageous enough to suggest his own tactics to his teammates. After a review between the DST and Fung, he could really make himself a different person in the basketball field, Although Fung is still not a talkative person, he has made a big change with his life that he has become more outspoken not only in the basketball field, but has shown more confidence in communicating with others at school. His progress in terms of confidence and communication with others is obvious. The progress he has made in basketball field is extended to his participation in classroom. With the assistance of the DST, Fung started to link this experience to his future careers. He discovered that apart from just following instructions from others, he is also ready to take up more responsibilities. Since Fung is still a student, job hunting is not his first priority. Yet through this experience, he has at least widened his scope of career options.
In conclusion, through all this precious unpaid work experience in the regular trainings and league competitions, the youth participants are able to articulate and develop their Values, Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge (VASK).
- Values: Making extra efforts to achieve excellence
- Attitudes: Patience, hardworking attitude, and persistence
- Skills: Interpersonal and communication skills, decision making, giving instruction and exercising leadership
- Knowledge: More knowledge about basketball playing, and the relevant tactics and strategic skills in the field of basketball competitions
Moreover, they can transfer their VASK to different situations, including school and office settings. They have learnt to accomplish the work assigned to them, lead a team, coordinate and work with people and develop a decisive and strategic mindset.