BASKETBALL

OAKLANDS WOLVES BASKETBALL ACADEMY

CREATING & DEVELOPING TOP BASKETBALL PLAYERS

About

Oaklands Basketball Academy, for males and females, works in conjunction with Basketball England.

We combine elite sports training with vocational or A Level courses to create the rounded performer.

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We’re an accredited England Development Programme. We deliver the Diploma in Sporting Excellence (D.I.S.E). We work with local sixth forms to enable student athletes to reach their academic and sporting goals. Our internal player pathway enables us to deliver performance programs at every stage of basketball development from club through to National Team level. Competing in the EABL, WEABL, NBL and WBBL as well as national schools and AOC competitions, we have a team for every player as they progress through every level.

Our academy is split into performance and development groups: PERFORMANCE STUDENT ATHLETE and DEVELOPMENT STUDENT ATHLETE

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PERFORMANCE STUDENT ATHLETE...

As a performance student athlete at Oaklands Basketball Academy you will benefit from:

  • Integrated education and basketball timetable – your outline daily timetable will be shooting before College starts, academic classes in the morning and training/S&C/video in the afternoon or evening. Games will take place on wednesdays and at the weekend for those chosen in the WBBL/National League squads.
  • Player-centred coaching from International level coaches
  • College teams including EABL, WEABL, AOC and National Schools
  • Women’s elite WBBL franchise
  • Division 2 Womens National League Team
  • Division 2 Mens National League Team
  • Division 3 Mens National League Team
  • National Team 2 Court Sports Hall
  • Fully equipped performance gym
  • Strength & conditioning programs
  • Onsite physiotherapy suite
  • Joint sports academy collaborations
  • On campus residential housing
  • Potential progression with US College CCR Partnership or UK universities
  • Location close to London and major road and transport links
DEVELOPMENT STUDENT ATHLETE...

As a development student athlete at Oaklands Basketball Academy you will benefit from:

  • Integrated education and basketball timetable – your outline daily timetable will be shooting before College starts, training/S&C/video in the morning and academic classes in the afternoon. College games will take place on Wednesdays.
  • Player-centred coaching
  • College teams including AOC East
  • Fully equipped performance gym
  • Strength & conditioning programs
  • National Team 2 Court Sports Hall
  • Easily accessible local location

You will be required to study one of the following courses:

  • BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Sport
  • BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Sport
  • BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Sport
  • BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science
  • A Levels

Details of these courses can be found on the OAKLANDS COLLEGE website.

WHAT YOU NEED...

Ability will be assessed by three basketball trials during the year.

The trials are held in October half term, around the Christmas holiday period, at February half term and around the Easter holiday period. Trials are listed on the College website. Please click on the link below to find the next trial opportunity:

https://oaklandswolves.com/events/

Players can be recommended to the Academy through your school, club coach or regional coach/teacher. Entry requirements for the A Levels and BTEC courses can be viewed alongside the course listing in the course guide.

In general we are looking for student athletes who demonstrate the following personal abilities:

  • A love for the game.
  • A desire to get better on a daily basis and to become the best they can be.
  • An open mind to learning and to being stretched.
  • Wanting to be a student of the game on and off the basketball court.

In addition the following basketball characteristics are always being sought by the academy:

  • Competitive spirit and never say die attitude.
  • Physical attributes of quickness, jumping ability, height/length.
  • Ability to read the game (high basketball IQ).
  • Able to play both sides of the ball and defend their player 1v1.

Details of these courses can be found on the OAKLANDS COLLEGE website.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN...

The basketball programmes are timetabled to work alongside your academic and is focused on developing your individual ability to maximise your basketball potential.

In addition to your academic qualification all student athletes within the basketball academy have the opportunity to gain a L1 qualification as a table official and to develop their refereeing and coaching abilities through work experience in their first year at College. For those students that demonstrate some ability in their second year there is the chance to gain further qualifications as table officials, referees and coaches and to be paid for those services on Wednesdays or at the weekends.

Details of these courses can be found on the OAKLANDS COLLEGE website.

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COACHES 

Meet our coaches…

TEAMS

MENS 1ST TEAM

  • Player Level: National Teams and Regional Level
  • Number in Squad: 16-18 in a squad
  • League: Compete in Elite Academy Basketball League (EABL), Division 1 Men National Basketball League, Under 18 Mens Premier National Basketball League

WOMENS 1ST TEAM

  • Player Level: National Teams and Regional Players and National League Players
  • Number in Squad: 16-18 in a squad
  • League: Compete in Womens Elite Academy Basketball League, Womens British Basketball League (WBBL), Division 2 Women’s National Basketball League

MENS 2ND TEAM

  • Player Level: National League and County Level
  • Number in Squad: 16-18 in a squad
  • League: Compete in Association of Colleges Mens London League, Under 18 Mens Premier National Basketball League

MENS 3RD TEAM

  • Player Level: National League and School Teams Level
  • Number in Squad: 16-20 in a squad
  • League: Compete in Association of Colleges Mens London League

MENS 4TH TEAM

  • Player Level: School Teams and Recreational Level
  • Number in Squad: 16-20 in a squad
  • League: Compete in Hertfordshire Schools/6th Form League

OTHER TEAMS

We also enter Basketball England National Schools competitions depending upon the playing format.

All players are assessed when they attend the Academy in the first 4 weeks and also in January to reassess players to see if the level is correct for them. Players can move up and down within the Academy based upon effort and development.

Academy games take place normally on Wednesday afternoons and National League games at the weekend.