London Lions launch International Coaching Programme - apply now

London Lions are aiming to help train the new generation of British coaches with the launch of the International Coaching Programme. 

The programme is a three-month development course created by the Lions organisation - which has successful teams in the BBL and WBBL - for British coaches. It targets individuals aiming to pursue a full-time coaching career in basketball and want to learn and expand their knowledge of coaching concepts. 

In addition to on-court delivery, the coaches will also learn about human development and the importance of communication and relationship building.  

This opportunity, unique in British Basketball, will see selected coaches placed at one of the Lions’  partnering basketball clubs in Europe where the coaches will be fully engrained in their coaching staff between February and May 2023. 

Lions say they have ‘designed this programme to create an environment that formulates new ideas and philosophies to help develop the minds of a new generation of British coaches’. 

Programme Director and women’s team General Manager, Vanja Cernivec said:

"The goal of the programme is for coaches to be fully immersed in the host club’s development system and be monitored by their coaches. They will be challenged and exposed to different basketball styles. 

“We want the coaches to be aware of their responsibility when stepping into coaching/mentoring roles and reflect on what it means to be a good mentor. 

Cernivec believes it is important for up-and-coming women coaches to apply for the programme, to help more women follow in the footsteps of pioneers such as the late Andrea Boland, the first and only woman coach in the BBL. 

“I think it is very important women are encouraged to take opportunities like this. 

Basketball England Coaching Deliver Manager Brian Aldred said: “This is an exciting opportunity and we encourage developing coaches to take it up.” 

About the programme: 

London Lions are looking for openminded individuals who have a strong desire to: 

  • Pursue a full-time coaching career in basketball and help promote the values of the game in the UK; 
  • Be flexible and willing to work abroad; 
  • Learn and expand their knowledge of coaching concepts and delivery of youth development programmes; 
  • Work with young athletes and develop them on and off the court; 
  • Work in high-paced, team-oriented environment and are open to share and learn from others with similar career aspirations. 

More details: 

  • Selected coaches will be placed at one of our partnering basketball clubs in Europe and will be fully engrained in their coaching staff between February and May, 2023. Therefore, a requirement of the position is that the successful applicant must be willing to live abroad for the three months proposed. 
  • While placed at the club, the coaches will also participate in an online curriculum. The latter will cover holistic aspects of youth coaching and will be delivered by Don Showalter, Head Coach/Coach Director, Youth & Sport Development – USAB, Alex Sarama, Basketball Immersion and Jozef Frucek, Fighting Monkey. 
  • After successful completion of the international and online delivery, the coaches will be afforded the opportunity to work and coach under the London Lions Academy pathway. 

Find out more and apply HERE. Applications close at midnight on Sunday 22 January. 

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