England Development Programme

The EDP is designed to meet the needs of players aged 16-19 that wish to continue their sporting career and gain appropriately levelled educational qualifications at the same time. The EDP is not a qualification for simply playing the game; this is a two-year programme whereby players receive additional support and guidance for their basketball development and education. The EDP is aimed at athletes who have the realistic potential to achieve excellence and are seeking to perform at the highest level as their main career goal.

EDP Framework

Students on the EDP will complete the below:


The EDP framework requires students to be following a ‘Full Time Learning Programme,’ which can be chosen from a wide range of academic or vocational qualifications. Options include: Functional Skills, AS, A-Levels, BTECs etc.


This is the standard level of coaching qualification for all club coaches working at local and junior national league level who wish to commit to coaching basketball.

EDP Player Approval Process

All players on the EDP are approved directly through Basketball England

EDP player approval is based on the below eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 16/17 in their year of enrolment
  • Have been identified through Basketball England’s Talent System and Pathway previously.
  • For athletes that fall outside of this additional information is required at nomination stage 

The EDP approval process:

  1. All approved EDP’s are permitted to propose up to 8 students if your institution caters for male or female athletes exclusively, or 12 students if catering for both genders. Please note that there must be a minimum of 5 female students if proposing 12 students
  2. Basketball England will internally assess the proposed students and will provisionally approve up to 150 students who meet the eligibility criteria
  3. An online verification form will be sent to the parents of approved players
  4. Approved students/parents and programmes will be notified, and contractual/due diligence processes undertaken
  5. If additional provision allows Basketball England can offer additional funded places to students who were not initially accepted, in this instance we repeat steps 3 & 4

EDP Governance

Basketball England in conjunction with key stakeholders (Regional Talent Managers/Regional Talent Hubs/Sport England/TASS) has direct control of the programme and is responsible for:


Ensuring that all players within the Talent System (inclusively) have access to an EDP within their geographical location. The number of EDPs within each region is at the discretion of Basketball England, taking into consideration: the basketball playing market, talent pool and number of athletes that can be funded under our contract value with the Department of Education (DfE).


Regular auditing visits and remote assessments to ensure EDPs:

  • Are compliant with the EDP delivery standards
  • Are achieving 85%+ framework retention and completion
  • Can evidence the impact the EDP has had in terms of educational and basketball progression
  • Are working collaboratively with Basketball England, Regional Talent Hubs and identified partners/structures to integrate and enhance the wider Talent Pathway

EDP annual re-accreditation is based on meeting the above points. Where discontinuation occurs, targeted tendering for new programmes may occur.


All athletes on the EDP will be approved directly through Basketball England using the EDP student nomination form. This form is to be completed by the parent/guardian of the athlete and sent directly to Basketball England.

Once approved, EDP athletes will be signposted to the programmes within their geographical location as a priority. If an athlete wishes to travel out of their catchment to attend another EDP, supporting evidence must be supplied and Basketball England authorisation granted.

Under our 'Duty of Care,' Basketball England strongly advises against any 16/17-year-old player moving away from home. Our EDPs are located throughout the country, which removes barriers such as accommodation/relocation costs and travel.

For further information on which institutions/clubs have EDP approval, their location and coach contact information, please click here.


Contact Details for EDP Providers +

Barking Abbey School: James Vear (jamesvear@abbeybasketball.com)

Birmingham Met College – James Watt: Jason Allen (jason.allen@bmet.ac.uk)

Brighton, Hove & Sussex 6th Form College: Andy King (a.king@bhasvic.ac.uk)

Canterbury High School: Adam Davies (adam.davies@kentcrusaders.co.uk)

Charnwood College/Leicester Riders: Russell Levenston (info@leicesterriders.co.uk.)

City of London Academy: Jackson Gibbons (jgibbons@cityacademy.co.uk)

Copleston High School/Ipswich Basketball Academy: Nick Drane (ndrane@copleston.suffolk.sch.uk)

Derby Trailblazers Academy: Matt Shaw (theshawsm@hotmail.com)

Itchen College/Solent Kestrels: Matt Guymon (mguymon@itchen.ac.uk).

John Madejski Academy/Reading Rockets: Ben Fisher (ben.fisher@readingrockets.co.uk)

Manchester Magic/Mystics Academy: Phil Gordos (phil.gordos@manchestermagicandmystics.co.uk)

Myerscough College: Neal Hopkins (NHopkins@myerscough.ac.uk)

Newcastle Eagles Academy: Ian Macleod (I.Macleod@eaglescommunityfoundation.com).

Oaklands College: Michael Ball (michael.ball@oaklands.ac.uk).

SGS College/Bristol Academy Flyers: Ieuan Jones (ieuan.jones@gmail.com)

Sheffield College: Bradley Connor (Bradley.Connor@sheffcol.ac.uk).

Are AoC and EABL only for male players and not females? +

AoC run male and female competitions. EABL is for males and WEABL for females and are the elite academy basketball leagues.

Is it compulsory for the player to play for the club attached to the academy? +

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.

How does a player get selected for EDP when there has been no activity this year? +

We do have data on players from the Aspire Programme and England Talent Programme that would be the target age group for the DiSE submission this year.

We also have Regional Talent Managers who are working with us in an advisory capacity so they have good eyeballs on the region to help with that.

If my child is unable to attend our local EDP course and goes to another college, what opportunities would they have to still participate in the England and GB programmes? +

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.

Does being accepted by an academy mean my child has been accepted on the EDP? +

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.

Does the programme have any elements of officiating? +

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.

What are the % figures for next destination for people completing the programme? +

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.

Does each academy have the same number of EDP spaces to offer their players? +

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.

What is the link between EDP and ETP/GB programmes? How do players get selected? +

Our Head of Talent and Performance oversees the EDP and ETP programmes, and sits on the GB Age Group 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.