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Capital City Basketball Academy students can choose from a range of study programmes. Prior to starting post-16 courses, a rigorous application and admissions process guides students onto the most appropriate pathway.

Study programmes are designed to ensure progression routes to high-quality higher education, training or employment upon leaving school. As well as providing a diverse range of academic A level subjects, there are also vocational training curriculum consisting of a substantial range of vocational qualifications that prepare students for the workplace.

Any student yet to achieve a Level 2 pass in GCSE English and maths attends classes to re-sit these qualifications at the earliest opportunity. For students who are not yet ready for level 3, a one-year step pathway allows students to gain appropriate level 2 qualifications, alongside a structured programme of work experience.

To support the taught curriculum, study programmes also contain non-qualification activities designed to prepare students for the next stage of their education. These include supervised independent study, a tailored UCAS and careers programme, and range of extra-curricular activities. Within this, the Academy provides impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance for all students.

Academy games are recorded in full and made availalbe to all players for the purpose of performance analysis.  These games are then used as a tool to market players to coaches who may be interested in you at the next level.  For the standout players, through our media partnerships, we will also help in the production of player mixtapes and have skilled editors in place to manage production.  

We work with each player on helping identify and match the right level he/she should focus in on  post-academy and then put a player development plan in place that gives each player the best possible chance of securing a place on the right team after you graduate from the academy.

Our coaches and staff have extensive links with coaches across the US, UK and Europe to help place players at the level your ability allows.

In addition, top players from Capital City Academy, who meet the playing standard criteria, will feature in talent showcase events and player ranking lists to further profile you to coaches at the next level.  Our aim is to help players get the attention and profile their skills deserve so you can find the right college or post-Academy opportunity that matches your ability.

Capital City Academy currently competes domestically in the ABL, AoC and CBL leagues.  However, through our partnership with London Elite BC, our academy players also compete in the National League and the EYBL (European Youth Basketball League) to give players first-hand experience of the level of top European competition.  

In addition, LSB Academy players will also have the opportunity to play in the new and exclusive Next Level Basketball League a newly-formed competitive basketball league for 16-20 year olds who aspire to play at the next level, whether that may be America, Canada, Europe or at the many University options across the UK.

No coach or academy should ever 'promise' any player a guaranteed scholarship to America in return for attending their school or playing on their team.  Ultimately, scholarships are granted to student-athletes who best fit the criteria a US college coach is looking for.  This is never just about talent alone, but usually a mixed balance of suitable athletic and technical skills, understanding (basketball IQ), academic ability and positive personality characteristics that fit what coaches are looking for.  

Many players think that scholarships are won on just basketball talent alone, but this is never the case.  All players who aspire to play in the US college system must be academically eligible for the level they are applying to, so committing to your studies is a 'must' if you want to pursue a US College Scholarship - even if the actual scholarship is an athletic grant.  

Before coaches really get to assess your basketball talent, they will first ask about and do their homework on your character.  Coaches want players who add value to their team, high character players who can be relied upon to be where they are supposed to be, when they are supposed to be there and are 'coachable' (that means, being able to follow instructions with a positive attitude and excellent effort).  

Ultimately coaches are professionals who are in position to help you continue to develop and be the best you can be, however in order for them to be able to do that (which will directly benefit their teams) you have to be someone who is ready, willing and able to work hard, follow instructions and be a positive person both on and off the court.  

With so many hundreds of thousands of players worldwide, now in pursuit of college scholarships, coaches do not have to accept players who do not fit their criteria, as there will always be others who do.  Your job is to make sure you put as much work into the development of your character, focused work ethic and positive personality as you do your basketball skills and academics, to put yourself in the best position for our coaches to help you reach your goals of a US Scholarship.

For those who understand the requirements and are able to meet the criteria, we are well-positioned to be able to profile you and introduce you to coaches who can help facilitate scholarships to US colleges.  If you're ready to do the work, we're ready to work with you and help you achieve your goals.

Many players dream of one day playing professional basketball in the NBA or WNBA but very, very few will ever realise that dream.  It's not impossible, as a small handful of British players have proven in the modern era (Luol Deng, Joel Freeland, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Temi Fagbenle).  However, statistics show that the chance of a player from the UK making it all the way through to the NBA or WNBA are very, very slim.  

However, professional basketball does not begin and end in just the NBA/WNBA.  There are many hundreds of professional teams worldwide who offer qualified players professional playing contracts. While the salaries are not as high as the NBA (side note: WNBA do not pay the highest womens salaries), leagues such as the Euroleague, Liga ACB (Spain), CBA (China), Turkish Premier League, HEBA A1 (Greece), Israeli Super League (and others) all offer lucrative financial contracts for qualified players.  

There are also a wide number of leagues across Europe and South America, outside of the aforementioned leagues,  where professional players can earn signficantly more than the UK 'average' salary. 

That being said, the competition for jobs, at every level, is very competitive.  So, just like any competitive industry, your chances of going pro will be directly related to your qualification and ability to positively impact the organisation you are trying to get into.  You will need to be amongst the best as a player and have proven that, or be able to prove that, to your 'prospective employer'.  Proving you are amongst the best is achieved by developing your 'body of work', your basketball CV.  Where have you played? What did you achieve?  What are you capable of doing?  Have you proven it already?  If so, where?  Do you have references?  Do you have quality game footage (evidence)?  What level have you been successful at so far?  All of these questions, and more, will be asked of you by your prospective employer (pro team).

In order to best prepare yourself for the intense scrutiny, your goal should be to learn, develop, refine and sharpen all of your basketball skills, physical and mental abilities towards being the very best version of yourself you can be.  Then you must play and prove yourself as you progress up the 'ladder'.  For a British player, there isn't just one route to the pro's anymore however the traditional ladder looks something like:

(1) Make you local team and establish yourself as a dominant player

(2) Make your national team and establish yourself as a dominant player

(3) Earn a scholarship to a US college/university and establish yourself as a dominant player

(4) Earn your first professional contract and establish yourself as a dominant player

(5) Move up the professional ranks in line with your ability and evidence of being a dominant player

These steps are not set in stone, but give you a general idea of the trajectory you need to follow in order to achieve a high-level professional contract.

The common theme throughout the steps is establishing yourself as a dominant player.  In order to do that, you need the right information, quality coaching, access to facilities to practise as much as you'll need to, in developing dominant skills and of course, competition.

LSB Academies can help develop your skills and also put you into competitions and situations that enable your game to be assessed by coaches at 'the next level', once you are ready.  

There should never be any promise of 'professional basketball contracts' from any coach, as ultimately that will come down to your work ethic, attitude, talent and ability - however, the choices you make around surrounding yourself in the right environment can dramatically help (or hinder) your chances of one day fulfilling your goals.

Your first step is to register for a trial: CAPITAL CITY BASKETBALL ACADEMY TRIAL SIGN UP

Once your information has been received, a member of our team will get back to you and invite you to the next available trial date at the academy.  

After your trial, if successful and you are academically eligible after an interview with the admissions staff at CCA, you will be invited to enrol at the Academy.

Capital City Academy is free of charge for 16-18 year olds who are eligible for college in England.  

However, places at LSB Academies are selective and only secured through a trial an interview process.  To register your interest in an upcoming trial at the academy, please complete the  CCA BASKETBALL ACADEMY TRIAL APPLICATION

These are the key principles underpinning the design of the Academy’s curriculum:

  • Excellent attainment for all students at all stages and all abilities
  • ‘Catch Up’ by providing flexible and individualised pathways
  • Developing ‘Cultural Capital’ both within the curriculum and through extra-curricular opportunities
  • Preparation for the next stage: Level 3 courses and post 18
  • Outstanding progress for all
  • A focus on wellbeing and pastoral care

In Capital City Academy, students can choose from a range of study programmes that include A-Levels, BTEC's, GCSE re-takes and vocational training courses. Prior to starting post-16 courses, our application and admissions process guides students onto the most appropriate pathway. Study programmes are designed to ensure progression routes to high-quality higher education, training or employment upon leaving school.

As well as providing a diverse range of academic A level subjects, there is vocational offer consisting of substantial vocational qualifications. Any student yet to achieve a Level 2 pass in GCSE English and maths attends classes to re-sit these qualifications at the earliest opportunity. For students who are not yet ready for level 3, a one-year introductory pathway allows students to gain appropriate level 2 qualifications, alongside a structured programme of work experience. To support the taught curriculum, study programmes also contain non-qualification activities designed to prepare students for the next stage of their education. These include supervised independent study, a tailored UCAS and careers programme, and range of extra-curricular activities. Within this, the Academy provides impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance.

 

Capital City Academy teams typically compete in a number of leagues in order to provide our players with as much game playing opportunities as possible.  CCA Academy players typically play between 35-50 games per season.

Varsity players at our academies receive 10-15 hours per week team practise, in addition to individual and team Strenght & Conditioning and individual skills development sessions.  In total, this can aggregate to more than 15 hours of basketball related coaching and practice per week.

No.  All student-athletes are required to enrol on a full-time course of academic study at Capital City.  Basketball and education go hand in hand at all of our academies.

 

The head coach at Capital City Academy is Daniel Szatkowski, a former professional player and currently a Level 4 (advanced) basketball coach.  'Coach Daniel' has previously won an ABL National Championship in addition to leading teams into European competition.

The academy assistant coach is Kieran Matthews, a highly-respected skill development coach who also holds a Level 3 coaching qualification.  

Both coaches are qualified S&C trainers, providing CCA players with the best of both worlds in terms of skills develoment, enhancing athletic ability and teaching the theoretical and practical size of the game at an advanced level.

Academy games are recorded in full and made availalbe to all players for the purpose of performance analysis.  These games are then used as a tool to market players to coaches who may be interested in you, at the next level.  For the standout players at our academies, we will also help in the production of player mixtapes and have skilled editors in place to manage production.  

We work with each player on helping identify and match the right level he/she should focus in on  post-academy and then put a player development plan in place that gives each player the best possible chance of securing a place on the right team after you graduate from the academy.

Our coaches and staff have extensive links with coaches across the US, UK and Europe to help place players at the level your ability allows.

In addition, top players from our Academies will feature in talent showcase events to further profile you to coaches at the next level.  Our aim is to help players get the attention and profile their skills deserve so you can find the right college or post-Academy opportunity that matches your ability.

We have traditionally provided the academy program at CCA for boys, however the basketball academy is now starting a girls program in September 2022.  

If you are interested in a place on either the boys or girls program please fill out the CCA BASKETBALL ACADEMY TRIAL APPLICATION

We care about your development.  Not just on the court, but also in the classroom and with the choices you make around your future.  Our goal is to help support our student-athletes towards being the best you can be.  

LSB Academies represent a door to potentially life-changing opportunity - we want to work with driven student-athletes in preparing you to walk through that door and succeed when you get to the other side, wherever that may be.

You are responsibile for your attitude and effort, in all you do, however if you are prepared to do the work and are ready to commit to continuous improvement, we will do everything we can to help you reach your goals.

The LSB is well-positioned to utilise a strong global network that has been developed over many years, in helping place qualified players in the situation that best fits your abilities, both athletically, academically and socially.  

In addition, our Academies are not just about the 'elite'.  We are deeply committed to developing a stronger and better skilled basketball workforce to help in the ongoing growth and development of our game.  In line with this commitment, we welcome young people who are passionate about the game and perhaps want to channel that passion into careers within basketball that go beyond just playing.  We help develop coaches, officials, physio's, media professionals, administrators, marketeers, business and event managers all with a view to staying within the sport as you develop your career opportunities. 

No, we do not provide boarding facilities for our academies at this time.  

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Capital City Basketball Academy is managed by the London School of Basketball in partnership with Capital City Academy and London Elite BC. The academy has been developed to provide an excellent balance of expert basketball instruction, daily coaching, unrivalled facilities, a national & international competition schedule - alongside top-quality academics that prepare and support student-athletes in North West London for university  in both the USA and UK.  We admit a limited number of new players into the academy each year from a large pool of applicants, so if you're aged 16-18 years old we encourage you to submit your online application for a trial to get started today.

The London School of Basketball (LSB) is London's biggest and most exciting basketball development agency, who focus on teaching the game from the grassroots up.  The LSB specialise in basketball coaching for players of all abilities through a quality-assured, expansive network of qualified coaches and clubs throughout the capital.  We also facilitate educational programs to develop new and improved coaches, stronger clubs and remain committed to creating more opportunities for young Londoners to LEARN, PLAY, DEVELOP & PROGRESS within the game, all across the city.  

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