London Lions and Reach & Teach are partnering up with Haringey Sixth Form to launch a brand new Basketball Academy for student athletes aged between 16-19 years of age.
The Academy is seeks to bridge the gap between the LSB (London School of Basketball) and elite level basketball opportunities in London and beyond by linking into Britain’s biggest professional basketball club, the London Lions.
With strong support from Reach & Teach and the Lions, the Academy will provide players with a minimum of 10 hours of coaching per week, delivered by Lions (and former England International) star guard Perry Lawson and also feature:
• Tailored personal player development programs for every academy player
• Tailored strength & conditioning programs for every academy player
• Free access to gyms across London
• Mental Toughness Training
• Full schedule of league games & competitions
• Opportunities to play at the Copper Box Arena on the Olympic Park
In addition, student-athletes have a wide range of academic qualifications to study including A-Levels, B-Tecs and GCSE’s.
The Academy is aimed at preparing players for the next level of development in their basketball careers and as such, also prepares players for making the transition into University basketball – both here in Britain and also in America. As part of that preparation, the Academy will also be providing SAT preparation, tutoring and help for players who aspire to play in America, while also working with players on academic eligibility and qualification for University here in Britain.
Reach & Teach’s Perry Lawson said:
“As a player for the Lions and coach for Reach & Teach, this opportunity has us all excited. It’s going to provide new opportunities for local players across North London to get involved with the Lions at the top end while bridging the gap between the grassroots work Reach & Teach does through the London School of Basketball and the elite level basketball opportunities across the city. Haringey Sixth Form have been great at putting plans in place to enable us to roll out the first Academy this season and for us, it follows on from the work we’ve been doing locally through the LSB and will offer local players a top quality opportunity to be coached, compete and prepare themselves off of the court for their transition into University basketball – whether at home or abroad”.
London Lions’ boss Vince Macaulay added:
“The launch of the new Academy underlines our commitment to developing London players and giving young players a clear route through to whatever level their talent and commitment will allow. We are serious about getting a new generation of London players on court in the Lions uniforms playing at the Copper Box Arena to follow in the footsteps of Mike Martin, Joe Ikinwihn, Perry Lawson and Laurant Irish. The Academy, linked into the LSB grassroots program, finally gives us the platform to follow this through”.
Places at the academy are open to any player aged 16-18 for free, subject to you successfully passing a talent evaluation and interview to assess suitability for this opportunity.
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