Do you love basketball?
Have you got the drive and ambition to reach your full potential?
If so, why not combine your passion with learning by joining City of Wolverhampton College's Basketball Academy?
You will study for the Level 3 diploma in sports, coaching and fitness, as well as Basketball England's Level 1 qualification in coaching and officiating.
When you enrol on the course you will get the chance to take part in team trials and, if selected, will become part of the college's basketball programme in either the first team in League 1 or second team in League 2. You will have the chance to represent the organisation in local, regional and national competitions, as well as having a pathway to elite teams and university programmes.
Each week you will receive six or more hours of on-court coaching - either on a one-to-one basis or with your team or the whole squad - and will focus on improving your technical, tactical and physical skills and abilities. In addition, to improve your on-court performance and basketball knowledge you will have weekly video analysis sessions of the team's games.
By studying this course, not only will you improve your basketball skills, you will also work with other personal training students to develop a personalised weight training programme and have daily team strength and conditioning sessions to improve your strength, speed, power and overall physical fitness to enable you to compete at the highest level. You will also develop your coaching skills and gain work experience by assisting at the Academy's holiday basketball camps for youngsters and at our under-13/under-15 development team sessions.
Throughout the course you will be mentored and guided by the director and head coach of the basketball programme who has 21 years of studying, playing and coaching experience both in the UK and USA. As well as developing your basketball skills, you will learn about the effects of sport, exercise and fitness on the body and develop your communication, problem solving and teamwork skills, all of which will be invaluable when you progress to a higher level of basketball and education or move on to a career in the sports industry.
We want you to be as proud to represent the college and, as part of the academy you will be provided with a branded tracksuit, short & long-sleeved t-shirt, hoodie, training kit, foam roller and sports bag, as well as a player handbook which outlines the team's philosophy and code of conduct for players.
By enrolling on the course and being part of the academy, you will get the chance to improve your English and maths skills - activities include:
Honing your speaking and listening skills by planning, delivering coaching sessions and giving and discussing feedback on yours and other sessions.
Reading the latest sports journals on coaching/fitness to help you find and define your coaching style as well as research exciting new drills and practice plans to use in your practical-based sessions.
Getting to grips with numbers by working with your team mates on stats of their performance, both in training and games
Learning about space, shape and dimensions of the court to understand the space needed for teaching different drills in your coaching sessions
Interpreting data by analysing and using fitness results to design appropriate fitness training programmes.
Doing research for course modules and completing in depth written assignments
We want you to take your studies as seriously as you take basketball - if you are selected for the academy and make the team you will be held to a high standard of excellence and with hard work and perseverance you will be guided to be the best that you can be as a, student, player, team mate and coach, as well as member of the academy and the local community.