Led by US college basketball star and popular BBL pro, AJ Roberts, the Academy is committed to providing the very best basketball environment for both elite and developing players alike.
Our mission at COHENEL is to guide and support every player through to becoming the very best version of themselves they possibly can be, both on and off the court.
Our teams compete in the English Academies Basketball League (ABL), AOC and also the CBL – providing more than 40 games per season for our teams. In addition, our Varsity team compete in international invitational tournaments overseas, giving our players invaluable experiences playing against international competition as we prepare our players for the next level.
Through our partnership with COHENEL we provide financial scholarship support for gifted and talented players to the value of £2,500 per year, to help with travelling, equipment, exposure camps and training costs for those who meet the criteria.
The Basketball Academy is split into two areas of program development, Varsity and Junior Varsity squads, for both males and females aged between 16-18.
For elite players, COHNEL’s Varsity program provides intensive skills development, strength and conditioning training, athlete support, guidance, technical individual and team coaching and a minimum of 35 games per season for gifted and talented players.
With strong links to professional basketball teams and universities throughout Britain and Europe – alongside a bespoke preparation and placement programme for American colleges, players who attend the COHENEL will be well positioned to fulfil their basketball ambitions.
Junior Varsity Program
For those who simply want to continue to learn and play the game, without the heavy commitment of the elite program schedule, the COHENEL Academy also offers a ‘Junior Varsity’ option which provides regular coaching, games and the opportunity to earn coaching qualifications alongside your normal academic college course while still enjoying all the benefits of being a student-athlete at the college.
Varsity Players Package 2020/2021:
NIKE elite playing uniforms, tracksuit and bag
Up to 15 hours per week of professional basketball coaching, strength & conditioning training and games on-site at the college’s sports facility at Enfield, led by top-class coaches with international, professional and US college experience
International competition and exposure
Weekly competitive games in ABL, AOC, and Community Basketball Leagues
Medical support and physio for injury prevention and rehabilitation
Free membership and use of the brand new college gym and fitness suite
Fitness, strength and conditioning, exercise and nutrition programs designed and monitored for you by experienced professionals
Opportunities to travel abroad to compete in international competitions
Basketball Academy Selection Criteria
To be eligible to be considered for the Academy, you must be:
16-18 years of age on 31 August of the enrolling year
Enrolled on a full-time program of study at the college
Studying as part of the Basketball Academy
Learners who join the College’s Basketball Academy will study at the college’s Enfield centre. Learners can select ANY full-time course at the college’s Enfield site while taking part in the Basketball Academy program.
Academy Coaching Staff
Head Coach, AJ Roberts
Assistant Coach, TJ Burnett
£1.5million Sports Centre fully refurbished
Full-sized sports hall with resurfaced basketball floor
‘Glass’ main backboards – 6-8 practise baskets in gym
Industry standard cardio and resistance training gym
Free weights power stations
Bespoke basketball training equipment
Medical facilities and onsite physio treatment clinic