2017/18 Regional Talent Programme Starts This Weekend

The first Regional Performance Centre (RPC) events kick off the 2017/18 season’s talent programme across England. These invitational events bring together over 520 of England’s best 12 to15 year old players and 110 coaches, for the first of eight education and skill development days across the 2017-18 season.

RPC’s are for players under 13, 14 and 15 who have been nominated by their club, school, Performance Coach Coordinator or for those players that represented their region at the Under 13 Regional Development Tournaments that took place in Manchester earlier in the year.

RPC’s focus on individual player development and do not look at competition or team environment. It is purely about the player and making sure their skills are the best they can be so they are prepared to go out there and put them into a team environment.

For almost ten years, the RPC programme has been developing player’s skills in line with the British Basketball Areas of Emphasis. Now an integral part of the Basketball England performance pathway, the programme focuses on individual development and ensuring the top players from across England’s ten regions are committed to improving themselves.

This season’s programme will see the introduction of a new education session, “Know your body”. Created by Duncan Ogilvie, Basketball England’s Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach, the session introduces important aspects of skill development including landing mechanics, mobility, running mechanics, stability and bracing. These skills will help players to better understand their body and improve their ability on the court.

The RPC programme hosts all Under 15 National Development Squad players who are currently in the national programme. This programme played a vital role in ensuring the players had the necessary skills to perform at the recent Copenhagen Invitational Tournament earlier this year. The benefits were on full display as the Under 15 boys defeated both Sweden and Denmark on their way to claiming the bronze medal.

Basketball England’s Talent Development & Performance Manager, Vladan Dragosavac, said of the programme: “In the last four years Basketball England has made lot of improvements in the RPC programme. Coaches now have better support through the performance network and all session plans are standardised across the country and fully integrated with the Area of Emphases.

Because of that, England Under 16 National Teams and Under 15 National Development programme players have performed better at international level and are now more competitive. This could not have happened without club coaches who are crucial for player development.

We are going to make stronger links between clubs and the RPC programme in the 2017/18 season starting with scheduling of the Junior National League to have no games take place on RPC dates. This will allow coaches to attend the RPC’s and support their player’s development.”

Format

Each RPC day will cover one theme from the British Basketball Areas of Emphasis national curriculum:

10:00 – 12:00 Session 1: Court Session

12:00 – 12:30 Lunch break

12:30 – 13:30 Session 2: Education session (Classroom)

13:30 – 14:00 Session 3: Education session (On court) – “Know your body”

14:00 – 15:30 Session 4: Court Session 2

Additional Information

The schedule for this year’s RPC programme is as follows:

RPC 1

RPC 2

RPC 3

RPC 4

RPC 5

RPC 6

RPC 7

RPC 8

October 15

November 12

December 10

January 7

February 11

March 11

April 15

May 20