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The BWC Basketball Academy in Partnership with the SB Group Multi-Sports Program, Bracknell Cobras and Playermaker Level 3

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Key information

Qualification type

A-level, Vocational

Course code

SP/P/F3007

Duration

1 year

Campus

Bracknell & Wokingham College,
Church Rd,
Bracknell, RG12 1DJ

If you're 16–19 years old, you could benefit from Playmaker's elite training methods and BWC’s modern facilities with a focus on skill development and enhanced playing experience!

Bracknell and Wokingham College has joined forces with The SB Groups Multi-Sports program, Bracknell Cobras and Playermaker to offer an elite opportunity for young, aspiring basketballers players between the ages of 16–19 years old, the chance to develop their skills and maximise their potential both on and off the court. We are developing a basketball academy in the heart of Bracknell where committed players can get the chance to train while pursuing their education.

The highest standards of behaviour and discipline will be expected both on and off the court and completion of College work will be a prerequisite to any playing opportunities.

Martin Amoo-Gottfried, Director of Basketball and Head coach, will be leading the academy by working hands-on with the development of these talented young basketball players. Coach Martin has been successful during both a playing and coaching career. Having Won league and National title while attending US college on a basketball scholarship. He also played professionally in the BBL and for the GB National team.

“The opportunities available to players today are much greater then when I started. But the fundamentals remain the same. The experiences I have gained through the rough and smooth of trying to attain my dreams of playing Basketball for a living have really helped me as a coach. To understand what the players are going through and being able to relate to and advise them is crucial to players maximising their potential. Basketball taught me a myriad of life lessons that I use long after my playing career finished. I hope I can pass these on to all of our players”

—Coach Martin

What I'll learn

The Academy's key objectives:

  • develop a high-profile elite basketball academy for 16-19-year olds that annually compete for national championships within top-tier domestic basketball leagues
  • provide accessible pathways to a quality education alongside professional basketball coaching for all academy players
  • maintain a positive culture of excellence through the academy
  • develop the leadership skills, Overall character and essential life-skills through basketball for all our enrolled players
  • deliver vocational training, accredited coaching and officiating courses for all enrolled players and the wider BWC student body
  • through the SB Group network, we aim to provide committed players with the right work ethic pathways to pursue basketball at a higher level. We will offer opportunities to gain exposure to our US/UK networks of coaches and look to use these contacts and pathways to boost player experience and exposure
  • support talented players through to gain scholarships to basketball universities in the USA and the UK as a part of the pathway

 

How I'll learn

The BWC Academy provides a unique opportunity for students aged 16 to 19 to receive daily, high-quality coaching Monday to Friday whilst also playing competitive matches against other colleges/teams/academies and clubs.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT…

  • daily basketball development, inclusive of on-court training; Games Programme in league and cup competitions and strength and conditioning development.
  • a range of courses available including BTEC Level 1 to Level 3 Extended Diploma and A Level Study Package (wide variety of A Level subjects to choose from).
  • compulsory completion of Functional Skills/GCSEs in English and maths if not already achieved.
  • basketball training and basketball specific fitness sessions delivered by PLAYERMAKER-qualified coaches and complementary staff
  • personalised analysis on training and performance levels
  • nutrition plan and guidance
  • full training kit (small cost)
  • regular use of court facilities at college
  • opportunity to gain hands-on experience in other non-playing aspects of basketball (game day set up, statistical analysis, video production and editing, promotion and marketing of games, social media engagement)
  • opportunity to complete level 1 and 2 coaching awards in basketball, referee and table officials courses that will enable you to work within the basketball industry, with a chance to get immediate experience and earn money through our Playmakers partner clubs and universities on successful completion
  • opportunity to play National league basketball with our partner club, Bracknell Cobras

 

Entry Requirements

BWC Basketball Academy truly offers students an opportunity to combine a solid education with an elite basketball programme. We can offer on-site accommodation or local home-stays if you are not local to Bracknell.

Students may also be eligible for the 16–19 bursary to help towards travel costs.

For further information contact

Academy Manager, Ruth Fettes: ruthfettes@hotmail.com 

Head Coach, Martin Amoo-Gottfried:  martin@p1aymaker.com

 

How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.