Pictured: Top (left to right): Julius Joseph – LSB Program Manager, Adrien Sturt – London Lions Power Forward, Matthew Bryan-Amaning GB International & LSB Ambassador, Perry Lawson – LSB & London Lions. Bottom: Ranjit Singh – CONEL Head Of Sports, Jane O’Neill – CONEL Interim Principal and Chief Executive, Nhamo Shire – CEO Reach & Teach, Kurt Hintz – CONEL Director for Sport
The London School of Basketball (LSB) is pleased to announce a new and exciting partnership with the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) which positions the LSB as the official basketball provider for the College’s Basketball Academy. The official name for the Academy is LSB North London Basketball Academy and it will be up and running from August 2014.
The LSB is London’s biggest basketball development programme and provides coaching, competitions and support for players at all levels from grassroots through to elite. Through the LSB, the new academy will be linked to professional team London Lions. Top players from the Academy will have the opportunity to train with the London Lions a premier basketball team who play in the British Basketball League.
The Academy is committed to providing elite training, support, guidance, coaching and competitions to gifted and talented players. With strong links to professional basketball teams and universities throughout Britain – and a bespoke preparation and placement programme for American colleges, players who attend the LSB North London Academy will be well positioned to fulfil their basketball ambitions.
“Our aim in taking this next step forward for the LSB was to create something new that delivers at the very highest levels for gifted and talented players but also opens its arms to all young people generally interested in basketball. Through the partnership with the College and the London Lions, we will now be able to provide amazing opportunities at an elite international level for London’s best players but also provide regular community participation, coaching and general development opportunities for any young player who has an interest in the game, no matter their level” said LSB founder and Reach & Teach CEO, Nhamo Shire.
The Academy will provide two core programmes for all registered players, the Elite Squad, who will train up to 15 hours per week and the Development Squad who will train for 6 hours per week.
All Academy players will receive top training and advice including professional basketball coaching, a bespoke fitness, strength and nutritional programme and free training kit and gym membership. In addition to the above, elite squad players will also receive an individual skills development programme, the opportunity to become a College Sponsored Athlete (worth up to £2,500 in additional support), tailored SAT exam preparation and annual travel to the USA and Europe to compete in international competitions.
The Academy accepts players of all skills levels, provided a player can demonstrate passion and a competency for basketball. The only criteria to apply for the academy is that all players must be 16-18 years of age on the 31 August of the enrolling year, and be enrolled in a full time course at the College’s Enfield Centre. Students can choose from any of the Enfield Centre academic courses from Construction to Business, or Public Services to Creative Media – while also earning basketball coaching and officiating qualifications. Academy athletes will not only highly develop sporting skills and create new basketball opportunities, but also gain qualifications to give them career alternatives.
The College’s Enfield Centre is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment of its sports facilities, which in perfect timing for the opening of the new Academy, will be completed in August. The new facilities will include a new £1.5 million sports centre, a full sized basketball court with multiple hoops, industry standard cardio and resistance training gym and bespoke basketball training equipment not commonly available in other centres across London.
Great Britain International and LSB Ambassador, Matthew Bryan-Amaning was present for the launch in support of the new initiative. Currently one of Britain’s best players, with experience at the international, US College, NBA and European top professional levels, Bryan-Amaning serves as a role model for many of the aspiring young players across London.
“This is a great opportunity for young players who are serious about taking the next step towards elite level performance. I was fortunate enough to get to America at a young age where they have these types of situations on a regular basis. I can say that having the right training facilities, coaching and opportunities made all the difference for me and allowed me to develop into a professional basketball player. The LSB is working to develop and provide the same type of opportunities for the next generation right here at home which I see as a big step forward for basketball” Bryan-Amaning said.
Kurt Hintz Director for Sport explained: “The College has been steadily building its reputation as the provider of first choice for Sports learners, and our new partnership with the London School of Basketball will build on this. Combining our new facilities, with expert coaching and international opportunities only goes further to prove our dedication to developing young athletes and basketball players.”
Jane O’Neill, Interim Principal and Chief Executive said: “We are extremely excited to open the new Basketball Academy. The new facilities will guarantee a higher quality of training for our Academy athletes, and our professional partnership with the London School of Basketball will provide the quality of coaching to ensure our learners achieve and surpass their sporting potential.”