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...
Success Story – Raphaël Crosaz

Success Story – Raphaël Crosaz

Raphaël Crosaz, handball player, was looking for a club in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region, in France. His profile creation on Sportiw last March allowed him to be quickly contacted by different coaches and to conclude an agreement with the club of Albertville. Back on this beautiful story… Hello Raphaël, can you introduce yourself and tell us briefly about your career ? Hello, my name is Raphaël Crosaz, I started playing handball at the age of 15 in Savoie. During my years as a student, I had to go to Belgium for my physiotherapy studies, I had to adapt and find a club there. I stayed 4 years in the club of Brussels, in the third and second Belgian division. Now I’m playing in Albertville, where I signed a few weeks ago. How did you join the club of Albertville ? In fact, for a while, I knew that I was going to leave Belgium. So I started to look everywhere and it happened that I came across your website: Sportiw! It looked to me very interesting and to be a good way for me to find a club. So at the beginning of March I tried and I created my profile on the website: I told myself that it was free and that I would see if I had any offers or not. It turns out that I had contacts with 2/3 clubs, including the manager of Albertville, who quickly told me about his project and who was interested in my profile. After having exchanged with him on the chat of the platform and then by SMS, we met...
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...
Testimonial – Sébastien Bozon – Basketball coach

Testimonial – Sébastien Bozon – Basketball coach

Photo credit : Le Progrès Hello Sebastien, can you introduce yourself? My name is Sébastien Bozon, I’m 46 years old and I’m currently a coach in National 2 at Lons le Saunier. I’ve been a coach for about twenty years now and I’ve been through all the levels in the world of basketball: from training centers to Pro B, including the National Championships. What do you think of the way recruitment is currently managed in the national basketball? You know, each person has his own way of managing recruitment. The main problem remains the fact that we offer us too many players and the offers are not necessarily adapted to the demand of the clubs. Sometimes, we have thousands of players who may match to the profile we are looking for, but it is very complicated for us to select the right player . Precisely, do you think that Sportiw will facilitate and improve recruitment? Sportiw is a very interesting platform, where we can find players we don’t necessarily know and who could potentially interest us!But there is one condition for this, the players’ CV must be well filled in. Sometimes informations are missing on the CV and/or the videos are not of good quality… I invite each player to do their best and to fill in their CV in the best possible way! Photo credit : Le Dauphiné It’s the end of February, are you already starting to recruit? Yes, I am starting to recruit, but this period of health crisis is reducing our visibility. We don’t really know where we’re going and what the National 2 championship...