Thursday, 09 February 2012
A leading university basketball academy is thriving with almost 20 coaches now qualified to deliver programmes to children right through to elite players.
Paul James, Director of Basketball for the British Basketball League side Worcester Wolves, and the University of Worcester, has extended his coaching team as the sport grows in popularity.
The Worcester basketball academy programme now boasts a wide range of teams that include; the BBL team, national league teams for men, women and juniors, central venue leagues for boys and girls and seven University of Worcester teams.
The majority of the coaches are associated with the University as students or staff, but the team also includes local businessmen Chris Lowe and Andrew Cahill. There are many more students who coach on the thriving community programme that attracts thousands throughout the region.
Paul James said: “We recognise the importance of developing players of all abilities whilst they attend university, yet it is also critical that we develop strong coaches who can reach a much bigger audience in the wider community if the sport is going to grow.”
Mick Donovan, Head of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science at the University, added: “Whilst the University prides itself on developing players of all abilities; clearly the coaching academy is thriving under the leadership of England coach Paul James. The University currently receives applications from all over the world from students who wish to engage in basketball playing and coaching whilst completing their degrees and with the forthcoming Worcester Arena, it is envisaged that the Academy will go from strength to strength.”