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
Coach Daniel is joined on the sidelines at the Academy by Kieran Matthews, who has played a major role in bringing the whole project together. Coach Kieran is currently on the Basketball England Level 3 pathway and has a growing reputation as an elite skills development coach amongst players across London.
"I've been working at Capital City Academy for a number of years now and also developing a strong community program for local kids, which is has been in need of a quality progression pathway for a long time now. I also used to play at Capital when the profile of basketball across Brent and North-West London was at its peak and we had a team in the BBL, so I know better than most, the huge potential here. 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, the sixth form and local community too" - Kieran Matthews
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 wide range of A-level subjects, 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.
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 something we've actively been looking for, 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."
Places at the Academy are limited and selective, secured through trials held throughout the year. To find out when the next trials are taking place and to secure your spot at an upcoming trial fill out the application form which can be found here: CAPITAL CITY PLAYER TRIAL APPLICATION