EXERCISE, BASKETBALL, COMPETITIVE SPORTS AND SCHOOL
Over the last few years, Vienna D.C. Timberwolves club has developed from a traditional basketball club into Austira #1 breeding ground for young talent and Austrias largest basketball club. The Timberwolves are the most successful club in men’s youth basketball.
Basketball as a recreational and competitive sport:
• Sports and exercise as sensible leisure activities for children and youths
• Introducing competitive basketball to young talents
• Training programs tailored to the individual needs of each athlete
• Competitive basketball and academic success are not conflicting goals, but complement each other well
• Our club aims to offer a place for everyone
• We want everyone involved with our club to have fun
Integrating youth players
• Seasoned coaches with excellent qualifications provide training and support to our youth players
• Children and youths learn social skills, team spirit, strength of character and fair play at our club
• Our team in the 2nd Austrian Basketball League is made up by many of our own former youth players, and the
youngest players are under the age of 17
We are proud of our youth players and their continued athletic success and the numerous players on the national team and in the Austrian Basketball League who have come from the ranks of our youth program.
We have expanded our projects to include additional elements and combined them into an overarching project called Exercise, Basketball, Competitive Sports and School. This project is based on the Vienna D.C. Timberwolves’ six-pillar concept:
1. School children and exercise
2. School children and basketball
3. School children and competitive basketball
4. Personal development through integration into the club
5. Integration of children and youths with migration backgrounds
6. Drug and crime prevention
EWBA (Erste Wiener Ballsport Akademie - First Viennese Ballsport Academy)
In co-operation with FK Austria Wien (soccer), Vienna Vikings (American football) and SV Schwechat (volleyball) the Vienna D.C. Timberwolves founded the EWBA (english: First Viennese Ballsport Acedemy) in 2010. In contrast to many other basketball clubs in Austria we concentrate on developing our youth players. This focus also resulted in the introduction of the EWBA Ballsportgymnasium, Erdbergstraße 186, 1030 Vienna, This EWBA Ballsportgymnasium is a secondary school where we established Vienna’s first club-level competitive basketball sports class for ninth graders. In five years boys & girls can combine sport & school in a full dual mode system. Basketball practices are Mo, Tu, Th and Fr in the morning as well as in the evening. School hours are Mo, Tu, Th and Fr from noon to around 5pm and on Wednesdays from 9am to 5pm. To join the EWBA a school and sport certificate is needed. Please contact Wolfgang Horak (President) or Andreas Kaineder (Manager Timberwolves Academy) for more details.
Here is a brief introduction of our other projects:
1. Kids on the Move
Children’s exercise groups for all children between the ages of 8 and 12. During one and a half hour sessions held once or twice a week, children learn to enjoy exercising and sports as part of a healthy lifestyle. Coordination, balance training, endurance, nutrition and injury prevention are taught in a fun way.
Additional physical education lessons for all children between the ages of 8 and 14 as part of their regular class schedule. Vienna D.C. Timberwolves teach interested children about the sport of basketball and offer students a free one and a half hour team sports lesson once a week at their own school. The club also organizes a summer training camp in Austria for all children between the ages of 8 and 14 who are interested in basketball. Here the children are supervised by our coaches all day and practice basketball three times a day. The camp also offers massage and relaxation exercises.
3. Basketball workshops
Free basketball workshops for children between the ages of 8 and 14 are offered at the beginning of the season (in September) and directly after the semester break (each year in February). Free sports sessions with our coaches are held each Saturday morning for a month. All children between the ages of 8 and 14 who are interested in basketball can register for the workshops on our web site.