Medium WebPassion and determination at the Basketball Academy trial

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London's Basketball Academy run in association with London School of Basketball held its customary action packed trials for 24 young hopefuls on Sport Saturday 28 June. The young people mainly aged between 16 and 17 years old met at the College's Tottenham Centre and then walked to Tottenham Green Leisure Centre to be thoroughly put through their paces.

The astonishing athleticism and basketball prowess of the attendees was tested to the maximum. From stretching, sprinting and punishing drills to fast paced set play on court, the attendees barely had a second to rest. However, this was exactly how they liked it and found the challenges they were presented with highly motivational.

LSB Coach and London Lions power-forward Perry Lawson, said: "The players who have come here today have enormous potential. I think of them as 'rough diamonds', which we will polish and polish until they finally become the exceptional players I know they can be."

As an Academy member a young person receives:

• Free training kit, tracksuit and kit bag
• Professional basketball coaching of 6 hours per week in the College's brand new Sports facility at Enfield, by professional basketball coaches with international and US college experience
• Weekly competitive games in College and Community Basketball Leagues
• Affiliation with London's biggest professional club London Lions
• On site medical support for injury prevention and rehabilitation
• Free membership and use of the brand new College gym and fitness suite
• Free fitness, strength and conditioning, exercise and nutrition programmes designed and monitored for each player

The Academy is linked to London Lions, a team of expert professional players who play in the British Basketball League. Elite Basketball Academy players have the opportunity to train with the London Lions. Elite players will also be coached and supported in their applications for Basketball scholarships to American universities. There is high interest in the College's Basketball Academy and it is attracting some fantastically talented players.

College Basketball Academy Coach Stephen Ogunjimi said: "The players who came along to the trial today clearly have a love and passion for basketball. My job is to bring out the very best in them and to teach them the game so that they can play at the highest level."

Jane O'Neill College Interim Principal and Chief Executive said: "The College is determined to be the best and first choice in London for sports related courses and sports performance. Our Basketball Academy is an essential part of the achieving that goal."

If you are interested in finding out more about the Basketball Academy or would like to register for the next trial on Saturday 12 July 11am Tottenham Centre, click on this link

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