Elite Player Development Programme – Basketball

New in 2015, our elite basketball programme allows young basketball players to refine their skills, benefiting from professional level coaching, while continuing with their academic studies. It offers promising basketball students the chance to improve technically, tactically, physically and mentally.

Our programme is designed to provide extra support and opportunities to young basketball players who show promise and commitment to the sport. We ensure the students receive the very best coaching from our highly experienced coaching and teaching staff. It allows the students to develop their skills and techniques during and outside of school hours, while making sure they continue to progress academically.

The coaches and teachers will have very high expectations for the students involved, pushing them to achieve their potential. This will be highly demanding mentally and physically but gives the students a great start on the road to becoming a dedicated and focused athlete.

The programme will focus on key skills, strength & conditioning and nutritional advice. There will be three sessions a week, two before school and one after school. Coaching sessions will involve player development and game understanding alongside our conditioning programme. Theory sessions will focus on preparation, dietary advice and recovery.

Coach: James Gardner
James has been in charge of the EPD Basketball programme since it started in 2015. He is a Level 2 qualified coach and has ample experience and knowledge of the game. James represented Essex and Eastern Region in his youth and went on to represent the Loughborough University basketball team during his three years of study there. After completing his degree, he decided to take up a full time coaching job with Brentwood Fire where he led his U14 team to the National Quarter Finals in 2015. James also coached the U13 Essex team in 2015 where they went unbeaten in the Eastern Region tournament. He is not currently coaching National League basketball as his focus is on the development of Woodlands pupils and achieving success in county and national school tournaments.

Coach: Steve Pearl
Steve has an unprecedented history of success in basketball coaching.  His teams have won national championships at school, club and regional levels as well as producing numerous international players.  Indeed, in one season two of his players were the England boys and girls under 16 captains. Additionally, Steve has sent 20 players on full scholarships to US universities with three of them going on to play professionally in Europe.
Steve Is a level 3 senior coach, the highest domestic qualification, and has also been the England development coach for the East of England.


For More Information Please Contact Mr Gardner – jga@woodlandsschool.essex.sch.uk


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