The second round of National Junior Training Camps is all set to take place across Birmingham, Leicester and Manchester early next week ahead of prospective selection for the inaugural U16 & U18 Great Britain (GB) squads this summer.
Following on from the initial camps either side of the Christmas break in Manchester last year, the England U16 & U18 women shall be based in Birmingham and their male counterparts will be stationed in Leicester.
Blazing a trail for his country: England U18 player Josh Edwards.
Manchester meanwhile shall play host to the England U15 men and women and the U17 men and women, as well as the respective male and female Scottish national teams at U16 and U18 level.
There will be a fair number of court and education sessions on the floor and in the classroom over the course of the three days (Monday-Wednesday) at all of the venues, with scheduled friendly games between England and Scotland in Manchester helping coaches to determine which players really are the best in Britain.
“Everybody involved in the two training camps around Christmas time came away in a positive frame of mind and I expect these three now to be no different,” explained Basketball England’s Technical and Performance Manager Vladan Dragosavac.
“The camps provide all of these players with a further opportunity to showcase their skills and capabilities and, at the same time, afford us as a coaching staff the chance to chart their development and progress across the various age groups.”
Meanwhile, Day Two (Tuesday) over in Birmingham will also be rounded off by a coaching clinic at Nechells Wellbeing Centre for the West Midlands region.
The clinic, entitled: ‘Preparing and developing young female players for future England squads,’ will be led by the head coaches of England and Great Britain’s U18 and U16 women’s squads, Vanessa Ellis and Matthew Harber (below).
“I am looking forward to working with the West Midlands basketball community to help promote and develop the women’s game,” Ellis commented.
Harber said: “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work with some of the best players and coaches from the West Midlands region.
“I’m looking forward to sharing some of my experiences with coaches about supporting the growth and development of youth players.”
For further information about the coaching clinic, contact the West Midlands Coaching Coordinator Paul Douglas at the following email address: email@example.com