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 enthusiast Beth Wood is weighing up study options and a potential career thanks to her college course and work placement.The seventeen-year-old Level 3 Sports Coaching and Development student has completed the first year of her course with the offer of an apprenticeship.On work experience, as part of the course, she so impressed bosses at children' coaching company First Grade Sports that they first gave her a job teaching children in holidays and half terms.Now they have now gone one step further and offered an apprenticeship.Beth is also considering whether to go on to higher education at Derby College or whether to experience university life.
She said: "Without the college I wouldn't have got the chance of my work experience, or my job, or the offer an apprenticeship. My work experience helped me to understand how to teach different ages and abilities. It also helped improve my confidence, helping me feel comfortable in my own ability and knowledge."