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Covid Update

On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance advises:

  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to college when they no longer have a high temperature, and are well enough to attend.
  • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, we will no longer be able to order test kits .


SGS has launched a fundraising campaign to help raise £15,000 for vulnerable students and families over Christmas. Money raised so far

SGS Sport


Whether you’re a top-level athlete or you just want to give something a go, you can get involved with Basketball here at SGS Sport. We have teams that compete in the Elite Academy Basketball League (EABL) and the AOC South West League. SGS Sport and Bristol Flyers are fully integrated in our offer where we provide opportunities to compete in the Basketball England national basketball league (NBL) and the British Basketball League (BBL). The Basketball academy is open to both male and female players as we make the step towards entering the WEABL.

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The Programme Includes:

  • A 1st and 2nd team competing in the EABL and AOC.
  • Opportunities to represent Bristol Flyers at junior and senior NBL and BBL.
  • 16+ hours of elite basketball training per week (Team and player development).
  • Individualised development player 1-1’s.
  • Player performance profiling.
  • Video analysis.
  • Team and Individual Strength and Conditioning programmes.
  • Fixtures against EABL and AOC academy teams.
  • Elite professional coach dedicated to player development and team performance.

Higher Education Basketball BUCS Team

The SGS Basketball Academy has an exclusive Higher Education offer to be part of our BUCS league team. Visit our webpage to view University courses on offer at SGS https://www.sgscol.ac.uk/study/uni.

Recently a number of our current academy players were called up to the Bristol Flyers BBL squad to compete at the highest level of professional basketball in the UK.

  • Marvin Dinnall
  • Finley Woodward
  • Nassim Ladjimi
  • Louie Weaver
  • Thomas Browne

Success Stories

In recent years we have sent a number of our players to NCAA Division 1 & 2 colleges. A number of our players have also represented their respective national teams:

  • Dwayne Lautier Ogunleye – Bradley University (NCAA D1) & Great Britain Senior Men
  • Ariel John Edu – University of Toledo (NCAA D1) & Philippines U19
  • Deane Williams – Augusta University (NCAA D2) & Great Britain U20
  • Tamas Okros – Post University (NCAA D2) & Great Britain U20
  • Josh Rogers – Carson-Newman University (NCAA D2)
  • Nathan Symons – Wales U16
  • Jayden Edwards – Wales U16
  • Finley Woodward – Scotland U16

Academy Achievements

Our basketball academy has a long-standing tradition as one of the most successful academies in the UK. Our most recent academy achievements include multiple-time EABL finalists (in the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 seasons) and multiple time winners of our AOC sport conference. More recently a number of our players have gone on to represent the Bristol Flyers in the BBL squad competing at highest level of professional basketball in the UK.

Top Level Coaching

Those in either the college or Higher Education academy receive up to 20 hours per week of training through a combination of team, individual and strength and conditioning sessions, from our basketball coaching staff, Chris Bourne, Shane Walker and Phil Milbourne.

They are supported by a full-time strength and conditioning team alongside our sports therapist department.

Chris Bourne – Head Coach
  • Bristol Flyers BBL Assistant Coach
  • Bristol Flyers II Head Coach
  • GB U20s Assistant Coach
  • Former England Senior Men's Apprentice Coach
  • Former England U15 Boys Head Coach
  • Former Bristol Flyers Player
Phil Milbourne – Assistant Coach
  • Basketball Academy first team assistant coach and second team coach
  • Head coach of Bristol Flyers U16 Girls
  • 10 years of coaching experience including Head Coach of South East U13 & U15 Aspire teams and assistant coach of Wales Men’s U16 & U23.
  • Basketball England Level 2 coaching qualification
  • Run’s the DiSE Basketball program

Links With the Bristol Flyers

We work in association with the Bristol Flyers Basketball Club. The club’s junior age group teams feed into our Academy programme, which in turn feeds into the Flyers senior teams, which compete in the professional British Basketball League (BBL) and the Basketball England National League (NBL).

Our top Academy players regularly train with the Flyers senior teams and also have the opportunity to represent the club in the U18s National League competition.

Our Basketball Academy is looking for students who are hard working, committed and disciplined, and who are both willing to be coached and want to succeed. Our aim is that, upon leaving the Academy, our athletes will be best prepared to take that next step in their lives.

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