The Basketball Academy is now recruiting student athletes for the 2019 academic year. Apply online here.
All candidates for the Basketball Academy must be on a full-time course at SGS College. We offer academic opportunities for BTEC qualifications, A-levels, higher national diplomas and degree courses.
Candidates must also be over 16 from the start date of their chosen course. For more information, you can contact the head coach at Andreas.Kapoulas@sgscol.ac.uk.
Trained by National Team Coaches
The Basketball Academy has been a tremendous success since its formation as one of the original academies at SGS College in 2004.
Student athletes are given the opportunity to combine their academic studies with 16–20 hours of international-standard coaching every week from Flyers BBL head coach and former England Senior Men’s head coach Andreas Kapoulas, Flyers Mens II and England U15 head coach Chris Bourne and Flyers U18 head coach and former GB U16 assistant coach Ieuan Jones.
The Academy is made up of two squads. The first team squad consists of players who have previously competed at regional and national club level, as well as players with national team experience. The second team squad consists of players who aspire to be in the first team, a high-performance environment, and who have played the sport at school or regional club level.
Our first team competes in the Elite Academy Basketball League (EABL), which is the premier Under-19 competition in the country, while our second team competes in the regional AoC championship. Over the years, we have had high levels of success in competitions, reaching the EABL Playoff final on three occasions and also winning six national titles in the AoC League and Cup competitions.
Many of our students progress from the Academy into US and UK universities, as well as into professional opportunities. We have had a number of students gain athletic scholarships in the US, competing at NCAA level. Some of the more recent examples include Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye, who graduated from NCAA 1 Bradley University, and Deane Williams, who graduated from NCAA 2 Augusta University.
Our student athletes practice and play on a BBL-standard court, which seats up to 800 spectators. They get supervised sessions from our strength and conditioning coaches in our state-of-the-art gym and receive nutrition, performance analysis and injury prevention advice from our dedicated Academy staff.
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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