The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) is to become the only college in London to offer a new BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Basketball course from September.
The Basketball Academy, based at the College’s fully-equipped Sports Centre in Enfield, is run in partnership with the London School of Basketball (LSB), and was launched in 2014.
The centre includes a full-sized sports hall with multisport floor and hoops, fully-equipped gym and specially designed basketball training equipment.
“We’ve been working in partnerships with the College to develop a bespoke BTEC course for launch in 2017/18,” said LSB Director Nhamo Shire.
“The aim is to create a unique basketball curriculum aimed specifically at those interested in the sport, both practically and theoretically. The course will include sport specific coaching, physical education theory, sports psychology and physical application.
“It will also be an additional attraction to prospective students wanting to join the Basketball Academy."
The Basketball Academy elite team, known as the Warriors, recently appointed ex-London Lions and Team GB coach Jay Williams as Head Coach assisted by Alex Ducasse.
The team has been in excellent form this season, sitting comfortably among the top sides in the Association of Colleges East Basketball League.
Discussions are under way about a possible Easter tour to Barcelona, which is still to be confirmed.
Nhamo said: “Jay is widely regarded as one of the very best development coaches in the country, with successful international playing and coaching experience at the top level of the game.
“He is a highly-coveted coach who will steer the Academy to the top. The College is very lucky to have him as Head Coach.
“Alex has provided additional support in areas of strength and conditioning, and has been a real positive asset to the Academy this season. Overall, the performance of the Academy so far this year has been remarkable. All the players have improved dramatically in a very short space of time.”
The Academy recently launched a schools’ tournament for Year 10 and 11 pupils at schools across Enfield to raise the profile of the Academy and recruit new players for the start of the next academic year.
All participants will receive an Academy information pack and will be invited to attend a trial in April with successful players able to sign-up on the day.