‘Next Level’ is our talent identification and basketball skills development training program for elite young players. The aim of the overall program is to develop advanced level skills, while providing the right type of support and assistance talented players need to increase their profile, exposure and access to new opportunities throughout the UK, mainland Europe, USA and other parts of the world.
The program has been developed as a follow-on from the MM Boot Camp concept and was originally founded in partnership with our friends at the Luol Deng Foundation to provide players with aspirations and realistic potential of playing at the ‘Next Level’ with the tools to help them make it happen. Through Reach & Teach, the program will now push ahead with establishing a platform to identify, evaluate, train and support the next generation of British basketball stars.
The overall program is delivered across 4 areas:
Next Level Workouts
Next Level Workouts represent the ‘open trials’ element to the program, where players are put through a series of athletic and fundamental skills evaluations. Players who show potential and talent at these workouts become eligible for inclusion in Next Level Masterclasses and potential scholarship places at one of our partnered academies.
Next Level Academies
Next Level Academies offer scholarships to talented players to attend basketball-focused academies that prepare players daily to compete against higher level competition. With over 15 hours of basketball training per week, which focuses on strengthening both fundamental and advanced techniques and strategy, personal training, sports therapy, video analysis, mental toughness training, SAT exam preparation and priority access to facilities for all scholarship players – Next Level is the perfect place for talented players who are serious about wanting to be the best they can be.
Next Level Master Classes
Next Level Master Classes are by invite-only and feature the top players in the country coming together for advanced levels skills development training. Master Classes provide elite-level coaches and specialist trainers not commonly available to players across the UK. Previous Master Classes have included NBA stars such as Jason Kidd (Brooklyn Nets), Amare Stoudemire (New York Knicks), Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks) and Chris Paul (LA Clippers).
Next Level Invitational
The Next Level Invitational is an annual basketball tournament featuring the best players from across all of the elite academies in Britain, in addition to invited elite international teams. This showcase event provides an opportunity for the best to challenge themselves against the best – both nationally and internationally.