The Basketball Academy has three teams of varying standard. A number of our players are involved in the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence programme (AASE), which forms an integral part of the Great Britain Basketball Player Performance Pathway and is open to players aged 16 and over who have played at regional or national team level.Read More
Student athletes at the Basketball Academy play on a BBL standard court and get supervised sessions at our state-of-the-art gym in addition to strength and conditioning, nutrition, performance analysis and injury prevention assistance.Read More
The Basketball student athletes get top-level coaching from three national coaches; Andreas Kapoulas, Chris Bourne and Guy Coles. The Academy Students must combine 20 hours of academic work with 16-20 hours of basketball on a weekly basis, which is divided up into technical, tactical, mental and physical sessions to improve their performance.
The Basketball Academy has a proven track record in students attaining scholarships to universities both domestically in Britain and internationally to America and Canada. Many students have also progressed to play in at BBL and EBL Division One clubs.Read More
The Basketball Academy has a long and successful partnership with the Bristol Flyers who play at the highest domestic level in the British Basketball League (BBL). Former Academy student Greg Streete is currently the Flyers’ captain.Read More
The Basketball Academy has been a tremendous success since its formation as one of the original academies at SGS College in 2004.
Student athletes, from the age of 16, are given the opportunity to combine academic study with up to 20 hours of top-level coaching every week from Bristol Flyers Head Coach and Great Britain Under 20’s Head Coach, Andreas Kapoulas, England Under-15 assistant coach, Chris Bourne and England Under-17 Head Coach, Guy Coles.
The Academy is comprised of three squads including the Performance team made up of players who have played at a high regional or national level and the Development team made up of players training to make the next step as high performance athletes.
Our first team competes in the EABL, which is the premier Under-19 competition in the country and three times our academy has been national finalists. We have also won six national titles including the British College’s Cup and the AOC Cup, while our second team consistently competes at the top of the South-West Championships.
Many of our students go on from SGS to university on scholarships, both nationally in Britain and abroad. Currently, we have six students enrolled at Division 1 and Division 2 universities in America and at CIS level colleges in Canada.
Our student athletes practice play on a BBL standard court, which seats up to 750 spectators. They get supervised sessions from our strength and conditioning coaches at our state-of-the-art gym and receive the best nutrition, performance analysis and injury prevention advice from our performance laboratory team.
We have a very strong relationship with the Bristol Flyers build up over many years. The club’s junior age group teams feed into our Academy programme, which in turn feeds the Flyers men’s team that competes in the professional British Basketball League. Flyers’ guard, Greg Streete, a former Academy student captains the BBL side.
Our top academy players regularly train with the Flyers senior teams and also get the chance to line out for the club in Under-18 and men’s competitions.
We are developing a female programme with links to the Bristol Flyers’ Women’s team, who provide our girls with the opportunity to play at National League Division One level.
Our Basketball Academy are looking for students who are hard-working, committed and disciplined, who are both willing to be coached and want to succeed. Our aim is that leaving our academy, our Academy athletes will be best prepared to take that next step in their lives.
National Basketball Titles
EABL Playoff Finalists
Students currently in the USA and Canada on scholarships
National Team Coaches on Staff
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