Aspire Programme

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.

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.

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