FIBA European Women's Basketball Summit
Providing training for players, coaches and referees alike, the FIBA European Women's Basketball Summit offers a unique opportunity to improve one's skill set in an international environment. The annual camp, previously run under the banner of FIBA Europe U15 Girls' Camp, is organized by FIBA in cooperation with the Slovenian Basketball Federation (KZS).
Whilst the young female players are put through practice drills, overseen by aspiring female coaches, as well as playing competitive games, officiated by up-and-coming female referees, the camp also allows them to bond away from the court with trips to the world-famous Postojna Cave or an afternoon on the Slovenian coastline.
The Summit includes a number of additional goals, asides from female player development. This coming together also offers the opportunity for stakeholders in the women’s basketball game to come together, and discuss the direction they envision taking the sport.
At the conclusion of the camp, a number of awards are handed out to the players, coaches and referees who excelled, including Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, All-Tournament Team, Coach of the Camp and Referee of the Camp.
In 2016, the camp celebrated its 10th anniversary and was attended by 60 players, 30 coaches and 33 referees from 36 of FIBA's European Federations. 2017 saw the number of players increase to 62, with an overall record of 127 participants set.
Over the years, some of the most renowned women's basketball players and coaches have shared their vast experience with the camp participants, including Slovenian basketball legend Bostjan Nachbar, 2014 FIBA Europe Women's Player of the Year Alba Torrens, Slovakian coaching legend Natalia Hejkova, and Italian EuroLeague Women veteran Raffaella Masciadri.
In addition to the active players, coaches and referees, FIBA Ambassadors Hana Horakova and Natasa Kovacevic have become familiar faces in Postojna, assisting with the camp on a regular basis.