CROSS OVER BASKETBALL
Cross Over is an integral part of Onside Ministries, using basketball as a sports ministry tool to reach out to local communities in deprived areas. Through Cross Over we run basketball training sessions for young people, incorporating coaching with devotional talks which allows the young people we are working with the opportunity to play the sport they love and also to know of the hope that Jesus Christ has given us through his death on the cross. Cross Over aims to focus it's coaching sessions around three main areas: Learn, Develop, Build
Learn – We all can learn a lot through sport. Playing any sport teaches us, amongst other things, discipline, sportsmanship, tactics - the list goes on and on. One of the most important things we can learn, however, is about ourselves and that, alongside the skills of the game, is what we try teach through our training programme. In a similar way to Onside Soccer we have developed a mentorship programme which not only teaches basketball skills but also encourages personal development. Through our weekly training sessions we want the children and young people who attend to learn new skills through basketball, have fun in the process but also learn through our mentorship programme.
Develop – Although it is fun to start playing a new sport and learn new skills it is also important to develop what we have been learning. Our basketball training programme allows the children and young people who attend a chance to develop their basketball skills but also a chance to develop as people. It is our aim that what the kids learn on a weekly basis will help them to develop them as future role models in their communities.
Build – The most important aspect of our ministry is helping the players we work with build a relationship with God. We do this through our Christian coaches who are role models for the players that come along. The Coaches are given the opportunity to share their testimony and give regular devotional talks, including ways in which God has impacted their own lives.