Charnwood College Riders Women’s Head Coach Krumesh Patel travelled this week to lead coach development session in Kolkata, India in partnership with Women in Sport, India and the West Bengal Basketball Association.
Krumesh Patel become the first British born Indian to take a major piece of sporting silverware last season with the Riders and this season lead the Charnwood College Riders Girls to their first WEABL Championship and the Loughborough Riders to the National Cup title, also for the first time.
The project, lead by Women in Sport, India aimed to inject coaching and management of basketball experience into the West Bengal region of India whilst also exposing players to a European style of coaching basketball on the court.
Coach Patel has enjoyed the week long programme and is excited for the future of basketball in the region.
“Being able to work with a good program like “Women in Sport India” and West Bengal Basketball Association has been extremely rewarding!
“The ability to work with over 300 players and 60 coaches in 8 days has been a incredible experience overall. We have been able to conduct on court sessions, classroom session as well as school and club visits, so really got to understand and work with many aspects of basketball.
“The players and coaches have been so open, throughout the process, to learning so we believe they have help out Kolkata basketball in better position.
“Women in Sport India have been tremendous in their organisation, vision and hospitality and have already expressed interest in working with us with WBBA to develop a long term plan to help the association and the level of basketball grow here, so I am excited for the future of working together.”
Coach Patel was joined by former Riders Head Coach Matthew Harber on the trip to help with development of basketball in West Bengal.
Patel will return to Loughborough for off-season work with the Charnwood College Riders academy before joining the Great Britain U20 Women for their preparations for the European Championships.