Aspire Programme: 2021/22 refresh includes new structure, recruitment and more

The Aspire programme for talented 11-15-year-olds has undergone a reset ahead of the upcoming 2021/22 season.

The new structure will utilise the new super-region model and will be delivered through camp-based activity throughout the year.

The objective is to provide quality coaching across 2007-2011-born players, reinforcing Basketball England’s Player Development Framework and the Aspire curriculum.

There is also a nomination process for clubs to highlight age-appropriate players for the Aspire programme. Further details are at the bottom of the page.

Basketball England’s Head of Talent & Performance Steve Bucknall said:

"The resetting of our Aspire programme is a call to all our young players who have demonstrated advanced performance between 11 and 15 years old.

“Our aim is to teach these young players the link between practice and performance levels.

With the continued focus on the Player Development Framework, the Aspire programme will equip young players with the tools and skills to be successful in this game.”

Camp dates and activity

All Aspire participants will be involved in camp activity within their region between October and Easter (Stage 1), before select players move on to one of four super region camps at Easter and May (Stage 2). The super-regions are defined as follows:

North – North East, North West and Yorkshire
Central – East Midlands, West Midlands, South West
London – London North, London South
South – East, South East, South

An Aspire All Star Tournament will then take place in early Summer 2022 as the final stage of the programme for the 2021/22 season (Stage 3).

The camp dates for the coming season are as follows:

Stage 1 – Aspire Skills Camps (regional)

October Half Term – 3 days
Christmas Break – 2 days
February Half Term – 3 days
Easter Break – 3 days

Stage 2 – Aspire Super Region Camps

Easter Break – 3 days
May Half Term – 3 days

Stage 3 – Aspire All Star Tournament

Date and location TBC

All camps are scheduled to be conducted on weekdays where possible, avoiding any potential clashes with National League activity.

Workforce recruitment

In order to support the Aspire camps at a regional level, recruitment is currently under way to identify skilled staff to become part of the talent set up.

This recruitment will be done as a collaboration between Regional Management Committees (RMCs) and the four super-region Regional Talent Managers (RTM) that were appointed last month.

Anyone involved in the Aspire programme in 2019/20 is actively invited to reapply. The deadline for applications is Friday 6 August 2021. Please email your CV (two pages maximum) and cover letter to your RMC.

Information on super-region roles will be available in the coming months, and these positions can be held by Aspire camp staff in a dual role.

To view the relevant job descriptions and for a list of email addresses for the relevant RMCs to send applications to, please use the buttons below.

South super-region RTM Matt Harber said:

“We have a fantastic opportunity ahead of us to begin rebuilding our youth talent system across the country and we’re excited to get underway with our workforce appointments within our respective regions.

Our Super-Regional programme will allow a number of our Aspire workforce and players alike to experience an enhanced performance environment, which will support everyone in continuing to drive standards forward”




Player nominations

If a club wishes to nominate age-appropriate players (calendar year 2007-2011) for the Aspire Programme, please click the button below and fill out the form provided.

Player referral should be done in line with the five pillars of the Player Development Framework, which has also been linked as a button below.

Clubs should ensure that before any referral is made, they have spoken to the player, as well as the player’s parents or guardians, about the Aspire programme and have received consent to share their contact information with Basketball England.

If consent is not obtained, Basketball England will refuse the referral until the parents or guardians have consent to it.

Once a referral has been completed and accepted, further information will then be communicated to identified players/parents directly.