Basketball Academy

Christ’s College are continuing with their long and illustrious Basketball history with our Sixth Form Basketball Academy which was launched in September 2015.

This ground breaking project runs in conjunction with the Barnet Bulldogs Basketball club.

Pupils selected for the Academy will receive a balance of full time Basketball training, alongside a full A level programme course of study, along with mentoring and guidance focused on helping the pupils achieve the best A level grades possible.
It is vital to stress that this programme is not a solely Sports based programme, but one that aims to help students wishing to further their Basketball development, alongside the pursuit of Academic success.

The goal of the programme is:
“To produce students successful in the classroom and on the Basketball court.”
Pupils will study 4 AS levels in Year 12, then 3 or 4 Full A levels in Year 13, depending on AS results. They will be part of a form group containing all of the Academy players, mentored by the current Head of PE, meaning progress and development can be tracked constantly. Pupils will sit 3 Formal assessments over each year, as well as any public examinations they are entered for. Students will also receive fortnightly progress reports in all of their subjects, to ensure they remain on track. Pupils falling behind and not meeting their target grades will not be allowed to train until grades improve, to ensure that Academics do not suffer as a result of Basketball. Students will sign a contract to show they understand what is expected of them.

Students will receive 4 training sessions per week, either a morning (7:00-8:30) or after school (3:30-5:00) practice. Teams will be entered in the English Schools Cup, Barnet League and Barnet Cup competitions, as well as playing friendlies against local schools. Students will receive individual player development plans, including strength and conditioning programmes. The school fitness suite will be available for them to use at lunchtimes in order to complete this. Students will have the opportunity to gain coaching and refereeing qualifications as well as mentor and coach junior players and teams at the school. Students will also receive guidance and mentoring on university and scholarship applications, be it in the UK, USA or Europe.

Example week

Monday
7:00-8:30—Training
8:40-9:00-Mentoring in form
9:00-3:30-Lessons and independent study

Tuesday
7:00-8:30—Training
8:40-9:00-Mentoring in form
9:00-3:30-Lessons and independent study
12:20-1:20—Fitness suite

Wednesday
8:40-9:00-Mentoring in form
9:00-3:30-Lessons and independent study
3:30-5:30– Game

Thursday
8:40-9:00-Mentoring in form time
9:00-3:30-Lessons and independent study
3:30-5:00-Training

Friday
7:00-8:30-Training
8:40-9:00-Mentoring in form
9:00-3:30-Lessons and independent study
12:20-1:20-Fitness Suite

 

2015-2016 season was a great success for the Basketball Academy. Four players received University places, whilst the team went unbeaten in Barnet Competitions, winning the League and Cup competitions.

senior-basketball-cup-champions-2-2

 

For more information on the Basketball Academy, please email Mr Nielsen at dcn@ccfplus.com