Plymouth Raiders has teamed up with City College Plymouth to create the Plymouth Raiders Basketball Academy – designed to educate and train future sporting stars.
The Raiders Academy will combine expert coaching and fitness conditioning with a full-time course so the players can develop their skills, whilst gaining a qualification.
With exclusive access to coaches and professional players, the future sports stars will get an insight into working in the world of sport through placements and work experience and playing in competitive matches. They will also benefit from sessions with the College’s expert Strength and Conditioning team and have the opportunity of taking part in coaching and officiating courses.
Richard Mollard, Director of Plymouth Raiders, said “I’m delighted to be partnering with City College to host our Basketball Academy. The College shares our ambition to grow the Academy to provide the talented boys and girls across Devon and Cornwall with an opportunity to not only be the best they can be on the basketball court, but to combine this with their studies and provide a pathway to future education and employment opportunities.
“We’ve been incredibly impressed with their new sports-lab that complements their existing sport facilities, as well as their desire to continue to invest in their sports programme, making them an extremely exciting and valuable partner to support our long term vision for the sport in the City.”
Academy Manager for Sport at City College, Charlie Legg, said: “The College offers both a very good academic pathway for these young student athletes, coupled with staff expertise that are second to none. We have developed fantastic sports science programmes that are delivered in a state-of-the art sports laboratory and sports therapy suite. These resources will be used to optimise the professional coaching from the renowned Raiders Academy.
“The Raiders Academy will also offer its student athletes the option to study from BTEC right up to degree level, explore scholarship opportunities and even the chance to move into coaching. We are really excited to be teaming up with Raiders and hopefully this partnership will help these young people go on to become successful players and coaches.”
Those interested in the Academy or any of the study options available at the College can discover more by visiting www.cityplym.ac.uk or calling 01752 305300.