Basketball England have launched a brand new talent pathway – the Aspire Programme – and the Nottingham McDonald’s Hoods are delighted to report that 3 Juniors (Zachary Atkins, Byron Richards, Tane Dowell) and 1 mini (Callum Pitter) have been invited to attend.
The Aspire Programme sessions are important for the development of potential England & Great Britain team players and will continue throughout the 2018/19 season. The objective is to provide quality coaching for 11 to 15-year olds with the emphasis on teaching the principles of basketball as a game and reinforcing the skills necessary to develop better basketball players.
Aimed at players born between 2004 and 2007, those attending the Aspire Programme will have already either been part of the Talent Pathway previously (Regional Performance Centre, Regional Development Tournament) or been referred through their club to their Regional Talent Manager.
Basketball England’s Regional Talent Manager for the East Michael Ball said, “The Regional Aspire programme is a vital step between club basketball and the International programmes of Basketball England and Great Britain Basketball. It is a chance for the very best players to come together to develop on and off the court, be surrounded by likeminded players and staff and to be educated about the next level on the player pathway.”
During the Aspire sessions, players will benefit from on court coaching in line with the new Basketball England Player Development Framework as well as education sessions covering several different topics including hydration, nutrition, sleep and injury prevention.