Academy gives basketball youngsters chance to learn on and off the court

We want you: Sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons says the club wants young players to combine their studying and training.  Picture: Steve Parkin
We want you: Sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons says the club wants young players to combine their studying and training. Picture: Steve Parkin
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SHARKS have launched a scheme to help talented young players combine their studying with time honing their skills.

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence programme includes completing a BTEC National Diploma and 10 hours on court basketball development work and weekly strength and conditioning work.

The programme is all based in Sheffield but is in partnership with Bradford College.

Sharks player-coach Atiba Lyons said: “We are committed to junior basketball development, and the AASE Academy will give talented players the opportunity to continue their studies at college while doing at least 10 hours basketball training each week. This will hopefully lead to further player progression in this country or abroad.”

Sharks are holding trials for the programme on Thursday July 21 at the English Institute of Sport between 10-1pm.