at Marlborough College Malaysia

Basketball is becoming an increasingly popular sport around the world. The game is fast paced and integrates many of the core concepts of other sports such as passing, finding space and defensive positioning. Basketball has been integrated into the sport curriculum at MCM from the prep to the senior school. Years 5 through 8 are taught the sport during their games sessions and senior school pupils have an opportunity to sign up to learn and play basketball during games and activities sessions. The foundations of the game are dribbling, passing and shooting and these are taught to the younger groups through a variety of activities which aim to simulate game play while working to develop skills. For the older pupils, modified games are used to help solidify these core skills and at the highest level, players are asked to develop sessions which create chances for improvement in the areas of strategy and tactics.

Up to this point, fixtures have been played with local club teams as well as other international schools in close proximity to MCM for senior boys. The boys have an opportunity to travel to Phuket for the Breakers Cup tournament and to Kuala Lumpur for another. The team has also travelled on occasion to Singapore for fixtures and have participated in tournaments at UWC East campus and the Australian International School Singapore (AIS). The basketball programme for the lower years and girls has been slowly developing recently and hopefully, fixtures for these groups will occur soon.

MCM has two full basketball courts. One is located in the senior school and the other in the prep area of campus. Both facilities are indoor and air-conditioned.

The senior boys basketball team trains during the first two sport seasons. The training occurs during games sessions, before school one day per week and after school two days per week. The junior teams in Years 5 through 8 have an after school club which trains after school.

The senior basketball team is chosen through try-outs, due the limited spots available on the performance team and the international travel involved. The junior year groups are very inclusive with opportunities for every pupil to compete within the program.