AASE weekend for GB Under 20s!

There was delight for the GB U20 Men’s team this weekend as they secured promotion to Division A for the first time since 2015 with an emphatic 81-65 win over Russia. That victory sealed 3rd place for Britain at the European Championships in Romania and means they will be back playing with Europe’s elite next summer.

After finishing the group phase with a 3-1 record, GB then overcame Poland in a thrilling 71-69 contest before falling to Croatia 69-79 and needing to win their 3rd/4th place game to secure promotion. It was a highly successful tournament from a team that set their sights high and never let up.

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Of the 12 players selected to represent their country over the 9-day competition, it is worth noting that 11 of the roster were successful graduates from the Basketball England AASE programme. The Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (or AASE) programme lasts for 2 years and balances training and development with education for young players who are talented at basketball. Clearly the lessons learned throughout their time in the programme stood these players in good stead not only in the classroom but also on the world stage!

Andre Arissol and Henri Langton were a products of Charnwood College, Kyle Carey came through Myerscough College, Danny Evans played at Leeds Force, Harvey Barr came from Itchen College and Amin Adamu, RJ Eytle-Rock, Joshua Steel, Akwasi Yeboah, Obi Agu and Jubrile Bello all graduated from Barking Abbey.

It wasn’t just the players that got the most from the AASE programme, Head Coach Andreas Kapoulas (SGS College), Lloyd Gardner (Barking Abbey) and Josh Merrington (Charnwood College) are all involved in the AASE programme too.

Programmes & Pathway Integration Manager Charlie Ford said ‘It is a testament to the hard work and commitment of all AASE institutions, coaches and medical/support staff that 11 of the 12 players who achieved promotion to division A are graduates of the AASE programme. Equally pleasing is the fact that all of the GB U20 coaches are also full time professionals within AASE programmes. The AASE programme is designed to support performance basketball athletes and prepare them to achieve their aspirations in the game. This success proves conclusively that the AASE programme continues to play an integral part in the talent pathway and is developing players that can win on a European level’

If you would like more information on the AASE programme and how you can be involved, please click here or email performance@basketballengland.co.uk.