BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports

Aspiring To Be A Professional Basketball Player

Discovering basketball...

I started off trying a few different sports. I thought about football, boxing, but they just weren't right for me. I was then given a chance to take part in a basketball camp over the summer when I was in year 8. And after that I just had a thrill for the game. When I finished year 11 and my GCSEs, I knew I wanted to go to a basketball academy. A few of my friends told me about the College's programme, so I came here and it was good for me.

Integrated programme...

One of the main reasons I came to the College is because I knew I would get it all in one - it's all integrated. I get the top quality coaches from people who care and top quality education from the teachers here. The sports manager won’t let you skip a lesson and then come to training afterwards - it doesn't work like that. We're student athletes, and you can't be seen failing in lesson and expect to come in here and work out. You have to be holding up the end of the bargain on the education side to be privileged with the academy.

Improving...

One of the main things I've improved at the academy is my basketball IQ, so my awareness on the floor, where everyone has to be. Also my shooting. Before joining here I wasn't really a great shooter. I’ve also improved in terms of management. I've learned that everyone is different and so everyone has to be treated differently. As captain of the team, there are some people I have to speak to them in a certain way, very calmly, and with some people I have to be stern to make them realise I'm serious. Everyone is different and you have to approach them in different ways to get the response you need out of them in games.

Hopes for the future...

Hopefully, I'll be a professional basketball player in five years time. I want to be able to say that I came through this programme and carried on with basketball. A lot of people finish their college years or academy years, and there's not really anything for them. So you really have to grind it out and get into teams because you're going to be the young buck coming through, so you've really got to go for it. But all going well, I see myself playing professional basketball, and hopefully in Europe.