Train like a pro at our men’s basketball academy
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Our 16-19 basketball academy is run in partnership with Let’s Do More (LDM), and gives dedicated basketball players the opportunity to play and train like professionals alongside their studies. You can expect to learn and develop with qualified staff who are dedicated to taking your game to the next level.
We have designed a programme centred around player development; we are focused on ensuring you graduate from our academy with an improved understanding and greater appreciation for the fundamentals needed to become a better basketball player. We have created a culture which demands a strong work ethic on the court and in the classroom and expect student athletes to maintain a good balance between their basketball programme and academic commitments.
You will be supported on your journey with high quality coaching constituted within a structured weekly time timetable. Academy players can expect to receive:
- Up to three on court training sessions per week
- Weekly ‘Skills Lab’ sessions, working on your fundamental basketball skills.
- Wednesday afternoon games competing in the College Basketball League (CBL), Association of Colleges (AoC) League and National Cup competition.
- Weekly strength and conditioning training with highly qualified strength and conditioning coaches
- Monthly sports psychology sessions with a qualified sport psychologist to work on the mental aspects of your game.
- Access to physio and sport massage clinics
- Video analysis including game recordings, stats and video highlights.
- Opportunities to gain industry recognised coaching and officiating qualifications.
- Opportunities for U18 players to compete in Jr National League competition with Leeds LDM
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Norman Francis is a Basketball England Level 3 coach with more than 30 years of experience coaching national league level teams. A former professional player, Coach Francis prides himself on developing players on and off the court, placing a huge emphasis on coaching players to execute the fundamentals of the game well, while maintaining great attention to detail, ensuring individuals understand their roles and responsibilities when performing on the court.
Coach Francis has a proven track record in player development, which has seen him coach players who have progressed on to college basketball in the USA and professional playing careers. Prior to becoming a coach, he played college basketball in North Carolina, followed by a top level playing career in the UK for teams such as Manchester Giants, Teesside Mohawks and Calderdale Explorers.
Dr Luz Locatelli Dalimier
Dr Luz Locatelli Dalimier, who is also the counselling and wellbeing lead at the college, has vast experience working at the top levels of basketball, having worked at professional teams and universities in Spain and Argentina. She has detailed knowledge of sports counseling and sports psychotherapy gleaned from her numerous top-level qualifications including her PhD, master’s degree and postgraduate certificate in education.
Additionally, Luz has researched and published books on sports psychology and is an Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society and member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has worked with athletes at all levels and supported them with conquering the mental aspects of their game, sharing her enthusiasm for basketball and athletes development in the process.
“Mental training is as important as the physical and tactical elements of the game. It provides athletes the strength to adapt to the demands of their game, supporting the development of psychological skills such as concentration, goal setting and decision making, while reforming the cognitive and emotional skills necessary to improve performance and mental wellbeing.” – Dr Luz Locatelli Dalimier, Counselor and psychotherapist
COACHING AND OFFICIATING PATHWAYS
Not all academy members will look to pursue a professional or collegiate career, some may opt to take an alternative pathway in coaching or officiating. We support enthusiastic players in their development by offering coaching placements in school and club settings and support aspiring officials with mentoring and experience through the LDM Basketball community programme.
Players will have the opportunity to undertake Basketball England recognised qualifications in refereeing, coaching and table officiating, which can be completed alongside their studies, and game and training commitments. We encourage all players to consider supplementing their on-court development with one of the coaching or officiating pathways on offer.
The academy supports high level players in their progression after their time with us by providing pathways to professional clubs, international college programmes or UK universities.
Alternatively, we provide enthusiastic students with opportunities to develop skills in coaching, refereeing and sport development, ready to seek employment within the basketball industry.