26 October, 2022

Pathways update

The future stars of our sport have been involved in a number of pathways activities across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland’s Academy sessions have recently restarted following the Men’s 3×3 Team’s historic performances at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, where they earned a 5th place finish in a tough competition. The group are building towards new competitive opportunities this season, with teams entered into the BWB Division 1 (North) and Women’s League structures for the first time.

In Scotland, on Saturday 15th October the first in a series of sessions for athletes in Scotland took place. The National Academy is basketballscotland’s development programme for players in the U14, U18 & U25 age groups, and forms an important part of the Player Pathway. The Academy strives to develop the person alongside the player by working on skills that will help each individual in whatever path they follow in the future – both on court and off.

The players and coaches focused on technical, tactical, physical, mental and social elements of the game following a curriculum designed to maximise development opportunities.  Growing social networks is also at the heart of the Academy, as players are supported to step outside of their comfort zones and challenge themselves to develop new skills on court and off.

In England, the first of three camps took place in mid-October. Athletes benefited from time on court for a mixture of skills and technical training sessions, as well as an off-court analysis session.

The England talent coaching staff have confirmed their selection for the pathway squads and proudly announce the following athletes:

England Academy:

Adele AtkinThames Valley KingsCardiff
Maddie MartinSouthern SharksCardiff
Ellan FraserThe BearsWorcester
Jade LoughlinCWBAWorcester
Alice McHaffieLondon TitansUEL
Abs TaghrestCWBAWorcester
Jake RobinsonCWBA 
Sam MackCWBA 
Lanre SowamiLondon Titans 
Tom HarveyMohawksLoughborough
Charlie McIntyre*London Titans 
Elliot HardmanCWBA 
Liam BarkerThames Valley Kings 
Aaron HirstWakefield Whirlwinds 

England Development:

Freya LevyLondon TitansUEL
Charlotte Thornton WhiteLondon TitansUEL
Cat YearronLancasterWorcester
Jenni ToaseMohawksWorcester
Elly GilvarryWakefield WhirlwindsUEL
Emily Branthwaite*MohawksUEL
Jess DowdeswellCWBAWorcester
Holly LoundsWakefield WhirlwindsLoughborough
Elana Brand*AcesWorcester
Kayli EnglishManchester RevolutionWorcester
Sammy RehmanCWBA 
Matty WilsonSheffield Steelers 
Charlie AdamsAces 
Callum DohertyManchester Revolution 
James HazellJaguars WBCWorcester
Tom TobinExeter Otters 
PJ O’DonovanThames Valley Kings 
Jack LongCWBAWorcester
Joel CliftonPlymouth Fusion 
Dan SmithPlymouth Fusion 
Liam HodgsonMohawks 
George GrayCWBAWorcester

Regional Development:

Nakita WrightExeter Otters 
Haley CassinSheffield Steelers 
Lauren SaphirSheffield Steelers 
Niamh WatsonCardiff Met ArchersCardiff
Becky PearsonLancaster Bulldogs 
Lillie HickmanThe Bears 
Rhumbie MulomoSheffield Steelers 
Chloe FiveashSouthern SharksUEL
Imogen LongworthMohawks 
Lila Davies*Southern Sharks 
Alice SmithLondon Titans 
Kirsty TaylorCWBALoughborough
Rohan OlsenLondon Titans 
Sam Appleton*Aces 
Matt Stan*The Bears 
Henry Davies*Thames Valley Kings 
David BatistaBrixton Ballers 
Zach Geary*Thames Valley Kings 
Ollie PorterMohawks 
George HazardMohawks 
Jordyn Newton*Sheffield Steelers 
Ollie WightmanMohawks 
Josh PrickettAces 
Kyle JacksonThe Bears 
Sean ChigumbaAces 
Ben PoultonLondon Titans 
Todd TraversThames Valley Kings 
Yassine IbesaineThames Valley Kings 
Oscar KempWakefield Whirlwinds 
Luke HollandSheffield Steelers 
Matthew SmedleyMohawks 
William Bishop*North Wales Knights 

*denotes players on the Diploma in Sporting Excellence Course: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/diploma-in-sporting-excellence-dise/

The England Pathway Coaches will be delivering sessions based on the Player Development Framework. Read the framework here: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/mdocs-posts/england-player-pathway-august-2022/

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