The England Development Programme (EDP) sits within Basketball England's Talent Pathway and is our branding for the Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE). The programme enables 16-19-year-olds to continue playing basketball within an elite environment whilst studying in a Further Education or Sixth Form setting.
DiSE is a two-year, Department for Education (DfE) funded programme. It is a unique sporting qualification designed to meet the needs of student athletes who exhibit the potential to achieve excellence in their sport (basketball). The DiSE is a two-year education programme which is delivered alongside a conventional state funded study programme of education or training for students aged 16 – 18 years and those students aged 19 – 24 years who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.
The main focus is to deliver a complementary performance development programme, allowing students to combine basketball and education, so that they have the skills, knowledge, and qualifications to pursue a dual career in high level sport alongside separate paid employment in the future. Furthermore, it delivers a recognised programme of education, regulated by Ofqual, and seeks to enable athletes to acquire the skills and knowledge to gain an additional qualification in sporting excellence. DiSE operates to a capped number of 1,550 (entrant) participants per academic year, 145 for basketball.
The aim of the DiSE programme is to support youth basketball athletes as they progress through their personalised journey of development. In doing so, DiSE athletes will be better equipped to combine their sporting aspirations with their educational endeavours and acquire the skills, knowledge, and
competencies required to pursue excellence in the game and beyond their athletic career.
The DiSE programme delivers a comprehensive syllabus of learning to assist youth basketball athletes in gaining additional qualifications and achieving their full potential within the game, work, and life in general. Each DiSE athlete will study Technical & Tactical Skills; Physical Capabilities; Psychological Skills; Nutrition; Lifestyle; How to Communicate Effectively; Developing Own Career; and Health & Safety. As a result of studying on the DiSE programme, the aspiring youth basketball athlete will be exposed to elite training and competition environments where their ability to perform at the very highest level will be tested in a bid to advance their level of play.
All players on the EDP are approved directly through Basketball England
EDP player approval is based on the below eligibility criteria:
The EDP approval process:
Basketball athletes that wish to be considered for the programme should contact their local DiSE provider and arrange a visit. All interested basketball athletes should register their interest to become a DiSE athlete through their local DiSE provider and Basketball England. All basketball athletes are encouraged to apply to the DiSE provider that is closest to them.
The EABL and WEABL (formerly the U19 Premier Schools Competition) was launched in 2012 in partnership with the AoC. The purpose of the two leagues is to provide the highest level of School/College competition in the country. The competition is divided into a North and South pool, teams compete every Wednesday afternoon in a bid to secure league, cup, and play-off success. This weekly competition supports the needs of potential elite athletes by giving them the opportunity to test their skills at the highest level possible during the academic calendar.
Barking Abbey School: James Vear (email@example.com)
Birmingham Met College – James Watt: Jason Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Brighton, Hove & Sussex 6th Form College: Andy King (email@example.com)
Canterbury High School: Adam Davies (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Charnwood College/Leicester Riders: Russell Levenston (email@example.com.)
City of London Academy: Jackson Gibbons (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Copleston High School/Ipswich Basketball Academy: Nick Drane (email@example.com)
Derby Trailblazers Academy: Matt Shaw (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Itchen College/Solent Kestrels: Matt Guymon (email@example.com).
John Madejski Academy/Reading Rockets: Ben Fisher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Manchester Magic/Mystics Academy: Phil Gordos (email@example.com)
Myerscough College: Neal Hopkins (NHopkins@myerscough.ac.uk)
Newcastle Eagles Academy: Ian Macleod (I.Macleod@eaglescommunityfoundation.com).
Oaklands College: Michael Ball (firstname.lastname@example.org).
SGS College/Bristol Academy Flyers: David Rendell (David.Rendell@sgscol.ac.uk)
Sheffield College: Bradley Connor (Bradley.Connor@sheffcol.ac.uk).
AoC run male and female competitions. EABL is for males and WEABL for females and are the elite academy basketball leagues.
For weekend activity, a player can play for anyone at club level and don’t have to play for the institution they attend. The level of competition must however be supportive of the short and longer term development needs of the player.
We have Regional Talent Managers who are working with us in an advisory capacity, they have a oversight of all activities within their region to help with player selections.
Academies will have a wider pool of players but only a selection will be nominated and registered for the DiSE qualification. We do ask for some level of differentiation in terms of the support provided by the academies where greater numbers exist.
Officiating isn’t part of the programme. Students will however complete a Level 2 Coaching Certificate in Basketball. If officiating is something that your child is interested in please make the EDP aware and we will assess what can be done to support this.
We’ve been engaged with a research project alongside TASS to understand the motivations, perceptions of players that are either looking to go to the states, are there already or have been and are now playing professionally or in another environment. We will release the paper and education material on our website next week. A webinar will then follow on the post 18 opportunities to allow for informed choices.
The % of players going to the US is on the rise. A number of years ago it was around 15% and is now 24%, and steadily increasing.
The UCAS points are only for completion of the DiSE qualification
Yes, when we go out for nominations, there are 8 or 12 places dependent on whether the cohort that the academies are nominating is all male, all female, or mixed.
Our Head of Talent and Performance oversees the EDP and ETP programmes, and sits on the GB Youth Teams Performance Group alongside Basketball Scotland and Basketball Wales.
We track players through digital capacity and human resource when it comes to selection. When it comes round to pulling together for the first camp, we have a long list of players that have been monitored through the EDP environment and other environments if players don’t attend an EDP.
Around 90% of players on the GB U18’s & U20s programme in 2019 came through the EDP.