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CAPITAL CITY BASKETBALL ACADEMY TRIALS

4PM-7PM THURSDAY 20TH FEB

@ Capital City Academy, Donnington Road, London NW10 3ST

LSB ACADEMIES

HIGH-LEVEL HOOPS RETURN TO THE CAPITAL

Capital City Academy have teamed up with the LSB to bring back high-flying, elite-level basketball back to the London Borough of Brent through the all-new Capital City Basketball Academy.

The new partnership provides Academy players with 10-12 hours per week of dedicated coaching, individual and team skills development, strength & conditioning alongside an intensely competitive international game schedule that increases players exposure and helps prepare for success at the next level.

In delivering delivering this ground-breaking opportunity in North-West London, the LSB have also joined forces with London Elite, under the experienced eye of Head Coach Daniel Szatkowski, one of the rare few Advanced Level 4 Coaches across the country.  The link with London Elite opens Capital City Academy players up to compete in the EYBL (European Youth Basketball League) and National League U18's and Men's competitions.

"I'm excited to be part of this movement.  The LSB are well known for successfully developing the game at all levels in London for years now and London Elite are seriously committed to developing the best players from across the city and giving them the tools they need to succeed at the highest levels of the game, so it was a natural and easy fit for us all to come together in developing the Academy at Capital City"

- Daniel Szatkowski

While at OCU, Williams was named team-captain and led the team through to the SAC conference regular and post-season playoff championships and then through to the National Elite 8, distinguishing his squad as one of the top 8 teams in America.

Known for his strong leadership, passing and shooting skills, Williams drove OCU to 4 winning seasons against nationally ranked competition, while earning a BA (Hons) degree in Criminal Justice.

As the leading English Universities point guard of the time, Williams was selected to represent the country in the World University Games in Beijing, China, where he was again named captain.

After a successful college career, which also saw him graduate with a degree in Criminal Justice, BA (Hons), Williams was selected to play professionally in the BBL for the London Towers, later moving on to also play for Crystal Palace, London United, Scottish Rocks and finally the London Lions over a 6 year professional career.

During his time as a pro, Williams established himself as  one of the top British point guards in the league while leading his teams to on-court success, being crowned a BBL Play-Off winner and BBL Cup runner up, during his tenure.

After a highly successful playing career Williams, moved on to establish himself as one of the brightest coaching minds in all of Britain and has been heavily involved in the talent development of many of Britain's top players.  He has served as the head coach of BBL Trophy National Champions, London City Royals while being named BBL Coach Of The Month.  Williams also served as a lead assistant coach at the London Lions and assistant coach for the Great Britain National Team.  He has also served as head coach for the London Regional U17 team, which he led to a national championship. Williams has also won the National League 'Coach Of The Year' award twice while leading the Westminster Warriors (National League Men's Division) to successive league championships.  Williams has also been recognised as one of the brightest emerging coaches in the game, earning the 'All England Regional Coach Award' from the National Governing Body.

Well connected and universally respected, Williams also advises into the National Talent Player Pathway, helping identify talent for National Teams and prestigious summer elite camps such as the Deng Top 50, run by Britain's most successful player of all time, Luol Deng.  He has also served as a successful coach, ambassador and talent advisor to the Jordan Brand International Camp, while working closely with Nike and Brand Jordan as a specially appointed development coach, recognised by the greatest player of all-time, Michael Jordan. 


Click to hear the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan, thank Jay for his contributions to the game:


Williams has also served as the head coach for the UK's highest profile summer travel team, Midnight Madness, which provides increased international profile and career development opportunities for top players across the country.  Taking players across the world, Williams has coached British players in tournaments in Paris (France), Los Angeles (USA), Madeira (Portugal) and the Caribbean - helping many of them take the next step in their careers in finding new teams.  He has also been one of the key coaches in helping many British players with scholarships to the USA, drawing upon his extensive network of contacts to help place talented players over in America.

 


Photo credits: Oklahoma City University, J. Williams & Midnight Madness


 

 

HIGH-LEVEL HOOPS RETURN TO THE CAPITAL

Capital City Academy have teamed up with the LSB to bring back high-flying, elite-level basketball back to the London Borough of Brent through the all-new Capital City Basketball Academy.

The new partnership provides Academy players with 10-12 hours per week of dedicated coaching, individual and team skills development, strength & conditioning alongside a intensely competitive international game schedule that increases players exposure and understanding of what it takes to excel at the 'Next Level'.  

In delivering delivering this ground-breaking opportunity in North-West London, the LSB have also joined forces with London Elite, under the experienced eye of Head Coach Daniel Szatkowski, which also opens Capital City Academy players up to compete in the EYBL (European Youth Basketball League) and National League U18's and Men's competitions. "I'm excited to be part of this movement" Szatkowski said. "The LSB are well known for successfully developing the game at all levels in London for years now and London Elite are seriously committed to developing the best players from across the city and giving them the tools they need to succeed at the highest levels of the game, so it was a natural and easy fit for us all to come together in developing the Academy at Capital City" the Basketball England Advanced Level 4 coach concluded.

The move has been facilitated by the tireless groundwork put in place by Capital City Titans Kieran Matthews, who has a growing reputation as an elite player development coach himself.  "I've been working at Capital City Academy for a number of years now and also developing the Titans community program for local kids. I used to play at Capital when the profile of basketball across Brent and North-West London was at its peak so   I know better than most, the huge potential here and across the region.  When the opportunity to bring in the LSB to Capital arose, I knew I had to make sure our sports team and senior faculty, who have always been so supportive of quality opportunites for our students, did whatever they had to do to make this happen. It's going to be phenomenal not only for the Academy players, but the whole school and sixth form too" Matthews said.

LSB founder, Nhamo Shire, added "This is another big step in the right direction for our game.  We've been looking for the right opportunity in Brent, for some time now, to provide local progression pathways through to the top levels for all of our community teams and programs.  We seeded grassroots basketball in Brent many years ago with the Brent Blazers and Brent Ballers, run and chaired by two of the best basketball ambassadors and sporting heros you could ever hope for in (former GB Internationals and BBL legends) Mike Martin (Blazers) and Julius Joseph (Ballers).  Both programs have gone from strength to strength and are responsible for developing such a strong identity for Brent over the years, at the grassroots level.  We now also have the Brent Panthers (boys) and Brent Amazons (girls) both thriving as emerging clubs, all within the borough.  Brent basketball is in an exciting place right now.  Having a beacon academy for all of the community club activity was inevitable for us, as we continue to support the development of players and coaches and their progression through the game so we're thrilled to be partnered in with such a strong team in bringing this to the forefront."

In addition to the exceptional basketball opportunities and facilities available for Capital City Basketball Academy players, Capital City Sixth Form provide a high-quality academc program that offers a diverse range of A-level subjects, alongside vocational qualifications, level 2 & 3 qualifications while also providing GCSE re-sits for those who may require.  In line with the Academy commitment to providing student-athletes with the tools they need to prepare for their next level, the Academy also provides SAT tutoring, for players who are interested in playing college basketball in America. 

Trials for the September 2020 intake will take place between February-July 2020, with the first trial slated for 20th February, 2020 between 4pm-7pm at Capital City Academy, Donnington Road, London NW10 3ST.  To secure your place at this any any subsequent trial fill out the application form which can be found here: CAPITAL CITY PLAYER TRIAL APPLICATION

 

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