The Derby Trailblazers Basketball Academy programme gives aspiring young basketballers the opportunity to develop their basketball skills while studying academic qualifications in Sport to enhance their career prospects.
The College’s partnership with the Derby Trailblazers and Noel Baker School enables students to benefit from the expertise of highly qualified and respected coaches, which enhances the basketball-focussed curriculum.
Training will take place at Derby College's Johnson Building and Noel Baker School, with the curriculum elements being delivered at Broomfield Hall Campus.
Your academic performance will impact your access to matches and training, so you must maintain high levels of attendance and keep up to date with your assessments.
The course duration is set in line with VISA conditions, with a minimum of six months of study required.
Applications are welcomed from individuals who regularly participate in basketball and who show a desire and willingness to develop their sporting performance.
Entry to the Level 3 Sport requires candidates to have an equivalent minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C (9-4) grades (including English and Maths).
Pre-reading around the subject areas identified below is recommended.
If you have any questions regarding international VISA applications, please contact Oliver.Stonier@derby-college.ac.uk
The Academy includes:
The Level 3 Extended Certificate consists of anatomy and physiology, fitness training and wellbeing, professional development and practical sport.
On successful completion of the course, students may wish to progress to other Level 3 qualifications and then to the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching at Derby College or to seek employment within the sport and leisure sector.
Derby College offer sport, health and leisure facilities for public use. This includes fitness centre, sports hall and outdoor pitch hire plus lots more. Located at Broomfield Hall, Johnson Building and Mackworth.
Sports coach Ellie Wheeldon-Jones is planning to go to Australia to teach swimming after successfully completing a foundation degree course in sports coaching at Derby College. Ellie, who has always been sporty, would like to travel and take a break from studying before deciding whether or not to take a third-year top up degree course. Like her sister Sophie, who is now a personal trainer, and her boyfriend Mykylo, a semi-professional cricketer, Ellie initially took the BTEC sports sciences course at Derby College after leaving school following GCSEs.She then went on to take her foundation degree at Broomfield Hall and is currently working as a children's swimming coach as well as teaching tampolining to adults.
Ellie said: "One of the best things about the foundation degree course was the amount of one-to-one attention you receive. Our groups were small so the lecturers had more time to dedicate to you. It was hard work but I enjoyed it and felt very comfortable at Broomfield."
Ellie has participated in many sports including gymnastics, athletics and running during and since her schooldays. She has also swum at county level.