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 learners 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 or Noel Baker School, with the curriculum elements being delivered at Broomfield Hall Campus.
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 a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grades (including English and Maths).
Learners may also be able to access the Trailblazers Academy by studying Level 2 programmes or A-levels, depending on if their timetable fits in with training sessions and fixtures.
If you have any questions, please contact Paul Bowen at the College.
The Academy includes:
For specific course content, please visit our Sports Coaching and Development or Skills for Sport pages.
Assessments occur throughout the year depending on the subjects studied. See information on our Level 3 Sports Coaching and Development course or our Level 2 Skills for Sport course for more details.
Learners need to purchase a kit. The cost of this will be finalised at the start of the course but is expected to be in the region of £130 and will include yearly gym membership and the end-of-year celebration event. This money should be received before November. There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or visits.
For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.
On successful completion of the course, learners may wish to progress to higher level studies or the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching. Alternatively learners may seek employment within the sport and leisure sector.
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.