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Photo caption: Left to right, Adrian Sturt - plays Power Forward for London Lions, Jane O'Neill - College Interim Principal and Chief Executive, Nhamo Shire - CEO Reach and Teach and Matthew Bryan-Amaning - Power Forward for London Lions

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London is delighted to announce a new partnership with the London School of Basketball (LSB), the official Basketball Coaching Partner for the College’s Basketball Academy. The official name for the Academy is LSB North London Basketball Academy and it will be up and running from August 2014.

LSB is London’s biggest basketball development programme and provides coaching, competitions and support for players at all levels from grassroots through to elite.  Through LSB, the new academy will be linked to professional team London Lions. Top players from the Academy will have the opportunity to train with the London Lions a premier basketball team who play in the British Basketball League.

The Academy is committed to providing elite training, support, guidance, coaching and competitions to gifted and talented players.  With strong links to professional basketball teams and universities throughout Britain – and a bespoke preparation and placement programme for American colleges, players who attend the LSB North London Academy will be well positioned to fulfil their basketball ambitions.

All Academy players will receive top training and advice including 6 hours of professional basketball coaching, a bespoke fitness, strength and nutritional programme and free training kit and gym membership.  In addition to the above, elite academy players will also receive an individual skills development programme, the opportunity to become a College Sponsored Athlete and annual travel to the USA and Europe to compete in international competitions.

The Academy accepts players of all skills levels, provided a player can demonstrate passion and a competency for basketball.  The only criteria to apply for the academy is that all players must be 16-18 years of age on the 31 August of the enrolling year, and be enrolled in a full time course at the College’s Enfield Centre. Students can choose from any of our Enfield Centre courses from Construction to Business, or Public Services to Creative Media our athletes will not only leave the College with sporting skills and opportunities, but also qualifications to give them career alternatives.

The College’s Enfield Centre is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment of its sports facilities, which in perfect timing for the opening of the new Academies (Racket Sports, Boxing and Football), will be completed in August.  The new facilities will include a new £1.5million sports Centre, a full sized sports hall with multisport floor, industry standard cardio and resistance training gym and bespoke basketball training equipment.

Kurt Hintz Director for Sport explained: “The College has been steadily building its reputation as the provider of first choice for Sports learners, and our new partnership with the London School of Basketball will build on this. Combining our new facilities, with expert coaching and international opportunities only goes further to prove our dedication to developing young athletes and basketball players.”

Jane O’Neill, Interim Principal and Chief Executive said: “We are extremely excited to open the new Basketball Academy.  The new facilities will guarantee a higher quality of training for our Academy athletes, and our professional partnership with the London School of Basketball will provide the quality of coaching to ensure our learners achieve and surpass their sporting potential.”

Nhamo Shire, founder of the London School of Basketball, said: “The partnership between LSB and the College represents an exciting step forward for basketball across London.  We already have more players playing basketball than ever before in London through the partnership we are able to provide with elite level training and support to the best and those who aspire to be the best, right here in North London.  Exciting times lay ahead!”

To find out more about the Basketball Academy, and how to apply please click here.

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