Bracknell and Wokingham College is proud to be entering a 4th year working with Playmaker Basketball Academy and Bracknell Cobras Basketball Club to deliver the Bracknell and Wokingham College Basketball Academy.
The academy is designed for Under 19 competitive players who aspire to play basketball at a professional or semi-professional level or build a career in the sports sector. Applicants will need to study Level 3 Sport alongside this programme.
You will be held to high standards as a student-athlete: behavioural, academic, and physical. We take pride in supporting the development and growth of the sporting industry’s future leaders, and you will need to play your role in achieving these aspirations.
Please note: This course is an enrichment element of the programme that you are applying to/are enrolled on; you cannot apply for this as a stand-alone programme.
What you'll learn
Applicants will have the opportunity to study either BTEC Level 2 Sport, Level 3 Sport, or the NCFE Coaching in Sport Level 2 Diploma.Your timetable table will also include specific tutorials for career readiness, personal development, and English and maths, where applicable, working towards a GCSE Grade 4.
You will also be required to complete 60 hours of meaningful work experience, which the college will support. These will ideally be linked to working in the basketball industry, such as coaching, refereeing, marketing, social media, and game day management.
How you'll learn and be assessed
The academy currently has two teams with 15 places per team. The first team will play in the CBL Tier 1, whilst the second team will play in the AOC (Association of Colleges) South regional basketball league.
As well as playing for the Basketball Academy, players will have the opportunity to join Bracknell Cobras and take part in Under 18 Premier, Under 18 Conference, National League Division 3 Men, or Wessex League Men’s basketball.
Elite players will also be involved in the European Youth Basketball League (EYBL) through this partnership with Bracknell Cobras. This is an opportunity to play against some of the best Under 19 Teams in Europe. During 2022-23 this included trips to Latvia, Spain, and Estonia.
Recent accolades include 2021-22 ABL Coach of the Year – Martin Amoo-Gotfried, U19 Player of the Year Gabe Ramirez, and U17 Player of the Year – Myers Amoo-Gottfried.