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Lake Garda, Italy

Lake Garda, Italy

Basketball in Lake Garda

Safe, inspiring and picturesque, Bussolengo offers the ideal opportunity for students to ignite their passion for sports outside the UK and beyond the school grounds.

Bussolengo occupies an enviable location close to Lake Garda, Northern Italy and within easy reach of several airports. Travelling by coach, training pitches are a 5 minutes drive and fixture sites between a 20 minute and 60 minutes. In Assago, just 2 hours drive from the resort, Basketball fans can enjoy a trip to the home of the country's favourite team, Olimpia Milano and the arena, Mediolanum Forum.

Staff and students can relax with full board at this safe and welcoming resort where amenities are conveniently located within walking distance of the hotel.

Free-time is taken care of with superb shopping area and an array of entertainment opportunities in Bussolengo and Lake Garda. A wide choice of sports and cultural excursions are also on offer. Evening entertainment is on hand with a disco and karaoke bar at the resort and a bowling alley just five minutes drive away.

With its subtropical climate, Lake Garda is a year-round destination; we suggest visiting in May Half Term when the weather is warm and there is a large choice of teams to play. For a quieter stay, with milder weather, both October and February Half Terms are also recommended.

Wider curriculum links: Offering superb sports facilities alongside welcoming Italian culture and in an inspiring lake side location, Bussolengo and Lake Garda communicates a natural link between sports and other curriculum areas, including Languages, History, Art and Geography.


Pavilion's Basketball Tours

Pavilion's well-established agents can expertly match players' ages and abilities, ensuring that all students benefit from valuable training sessions.

The second most popular sport in the country, Lake Garda provides a fantastic arena where players can develop their game and share their passion for basketball with likeminded locals. Near the lively city of Milan in Assago just 2 hours drive from the resort, Basketball fans can enjoy a trip to the home of the country's favourite team, Olimpia Milano and the arena, Mediolanum Forum.

Our official referees and coaches demonstrate enviable skill and professionalism, offering 90 minute training sessions that aim to generate positive learning outcomes through challenging players' decision making skills and enhancing their performance.

Teachers can choose to add as many training sessions as they desire, and are more than welcome to coach students themselves, if they prefer.

Playing on indoor courts, students can take advantage of excellent facilities where all games are managed by official referees and non-competing school teams are always encouraged to actively support the playing team.

Simultaneous matches can be played on our impressive indoor courts. Multiple teams play in parallel on full sized courts, or individual matches can be played on a central court.

Students will enrich their cultural understanding and communication experiences further by playing two fixtures against local Italian teams, allowing them to build confidence in their cultural understanding, communication skills and sporting abilities.

During their stay, teams can expect:

  • 2 x tournament with local Italian teams
  • 2 x 90 minute training sessions
  • Additional training sessions as required


Curriculum Values

Recognising the varied and valuable role Physical Education plays in the lives of young people, Pavilion encourages players to become responsible, reflective and successful team players.

In-line with National Curriculum Key Concepts and Processes, our programmes encourage players to:

  • Improve Performance, stamina and strength
  • Gain confidence in making and applying decisions
  • Develop precision, control and fluency
  • Integrate tactics, such as outwitting opponents, into their game
  • Improving core skills, including: Dribbling – using both hands, change of pace, direction and dodging. Passing – chest, javelin, bounce, overhead. Shooting – lay ups, set shot, jump shot, free shot. Footwork – change of pace, direction and dodging
  • Developing and refining key techniques, including: Marking, receiving and interception
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