Interview with Alfonso Valenzuela, in charge of the women’s section at CB Castelldefels

Interview with Alfonso Valenzuela, in charge of the women’s section at CB Castelldefels

Hello Alfonso, Can you tell us about your career, especially in basketball? My name is Alfonso Valenzuela, I am the National CFO of a U.S. international transportation company and my relationship with basketball started through my daughter, as the father of a player. She started playing at the age of 5 in the club of Castelldefels, she just wanted to learn about basketball. We realized throughout her (my daughter’s) career how dynamic the sport was, how attractive it was, and in the end we all got hooked on it. We’ve seen her grow up in a very healthy environment, her best friends are there, and what we’ve always tried to do is work with the club. In the end, my company became a sponsor of the club. How was the women’s project in Castelldefels born? The club, in the men’s division, has always had a very important development, it plays games at a very high level. Barcelona has just won the Catalan championship and only lost in Castelldefels, with a three-pointer at the last second. It was a very impressive thing, things that give life to this city in the sports field. On the men’s side, there is also an international FIBA tournament in the children’s category that always takes place during the week of Easter, with Real Madrid, El Estudiante, Badalona, Barca, Bayer Munich, very big teams … Let’s just say that the male part was very developed and the female part was a bit lame. I was a bit critical of this as a parent of a player. As a sponsor of my company, the president invited...
15K users on Sportiw! 💥

15K users on Sportiw! 💥

🔙 Just over a month ago, we crossed the symbolic 10K users mark. 👉 Since then, 5000 players, coaches, agents… have created their profile on Sportiw! 💥 We are proud to announce that + 15 000 users are now part of the Sportiw community! THANK...
Testimonial – Vincent Lavandier – Basketball coach

Testimonial – Vincent Lavandier – Basketball coach

Current coach of the US Avignon Pontet Basket in National 1 and elected coach of the year last season in the United Kingdom, Vincent Lavandier comes back for Sportiw on how the recruitment is managed nowadays and how Sportiw helps him in his scouting. Hello Vincent, can you briefly introduce yourself ? My name is Vincent Lavandier and I am currently in my 30th year of coaching. I have coached in training centers but also as an assistant coach in Pro A, head coach in Pro B and N1 and more recently I was coach in the UK in the BBL championship. Now, I am coach of the US Avignon Pontet in National 1. You have been elected coach of the year 2020 in BBL, what are the differences between the French and the British basketball? There are many differences between France and Great Britain! The main difference is the funding. In Great Britain, there is really little help from the authorities, the clubs have to pay their infrastructures. The lower divisions are really neglected and the first division is the only championship where there is some money. For example, if you want to go and play basketball with your friends, you have to pay by the hour, and this is also the case for the professional clubs. Basketball is the 2nd most popular team sport in the United Kingdom. Their potential is very important. And I take my hat off to the will of the British players, which is extraordinary!They have a spirit of freshness and competitiveness to the extreme! What do you think about the way recruitment...