Bracknell and Wokingham College has joined forces with The SB Groups Multi-Sports program, Bracknell Cobras and Playmaker 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 majority of students undertake a BTEC Level 2 in Sport, Exercise, Health and Fitness Studies or Public Services. However, you can choose any Level 2 programme to run alongside the academy training.
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 too 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”
What you'll learn
Alongside your commitments to the BWC Basketball Academy, you will likely study either;
- Sport Level 2 First Certificate
- Exercise, Health and Fitness Studies Level 2 Diploma
- Uniformed Public Services Level 2 First Certificate
However, you can choose any Level 2 programme to run alongside the academy training.
As part of your application process we will discuss which academic route you wish to study. Please ensure you have taken the time to research the options available and understand what is expected within the programme you have chosen.
The Academy’s key objectives are:
- 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 you'll learn and be assessed
The BWC Basketball 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 PLAYMAKER-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
BWC Basketball Academy truly offers students an opportunity to combine a solid education with an elite basketball programme.
You will need to meet the entry requirements of the academic programme you wish to study alongside, this is usually four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, including English and maths, and/or a completed Level 1 award.
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.
How to apply
If you wish to be part of the BWC Basketball Academy please ensure that you apply to this programme directly.
As part of your application process, we will discuss your options for your academic route and ensure that you are allocated a place on your chosen programme. You do not need to also apply for the Level 2 academic programme.