Basketball Academy

We currently have two basketball teams, known as the Bulldogs which participate in both league and cup events.

As a member of our Basketball Academy you’ll develop your skills and general fitness under the guidance of coaches who have both national and international experience.

In recent years our basketball teams have won a league and been cup semi-finsalists, and one member was even invited to join the prestigious Impact Basketball Academy in Las Vegas.

More about Basketball

Who will I be taught by?

Head Coach: Mark Jackson

Mark has been at the college and leading the programme for 10 years and has helped some talented athletes fulfill their goal of playing in America and at University here in the UK.

With over 20 years of basketball experience playing in the USA and as a Professional in the UK, he knows what it takes to compete and reach your goals.

“I believe any player can be developed if they are willing to put aside their ego and are fully committed to putting in the hours on and off the court.”

With a level 2 coaching award and experience coaching at the National league level every training session is intense push players to improve.

Head of Development: Sean Rawlings

Sean began working for the academy after completing a sport and exercise course at Gloucester University.

Sean was a member of the University team all four years and led his team in rebounding and blocked shots.

He is also a former Bulldog captain who brings back some much needed core values such as hard work and leadership.

Sean has gained his level 2 coaching award and brings some enthusiasm and fresh ideas to both the development of players and analysis side of things.

What are the benefits?

The Academy is a tremendous platform for all aspiring athletes to gain outstanding coaching from highly qualified and experienced coaches.

As a member of our Basketball Academy you will benefit from our association with sports scientists at Solent University, who will assess your fitness and identify your development needs.

We also have a thriving relationship with the CBA Basketball Academy in Gran Canaria, where you can train for a week during the summer term.


What facilities will I have access to?

Training takes place on campus using the sports hall.

You will also have access to the following facilities:

  • Fully equipped gym and fitness studio.
  • 25 acres of playing fields.
  • Brand new purpose built changing facilities.
  • Extended sports hall with basketball, badminton, tennis, netball and volleyball court.
  • Floodlit full size artificial turf pitch for hockey and football.
  • Floodlit 5-a-side artificial turf pitch for hockey and football.
  • Floodlit all-weather courts for netball and tennis.
  • Grass pitches for football, rugby, hockey and lacrosse.

Are there any fees?

The costs to join the academy are kept at a minimum, however we do ask all students to pay a £75 fee to join which goes towards all costs, such as league entries, referees, match fees, transport, insurance, pitch hire etc.

You will also be asked to purchase the Academy team kit.

Are there any entry requirements?

To join one of our academies you will need to have/be:

  • A good level of playing experience in your chosen sport be it from playing for your school or a club, county etc.
  • A willingness to learn and develop in your chosen sport.
  • A student studying a course at Brockenhurst College. Remember – you don’t have to study sport to be a member of the Sports Academy.
  • Between 16 -19 years old.

Will I be competing?

All of the Academies compete in competitions throughout the season.

These include county, regional and national competitions such as Hampshire Schools and Colleges Leagues and Cups, British Colleges Sport leagues and tournaments as well as other nationwide cup competitions.

There is also a full range of competitive opportunities for individual students to gain county, regional and national representation within their sport. This includes British Colleges Sport and National Governing Bodies talent identification systems.


Why join the Academy?

  • Players will be within a competitive environment from the start.
  • Playing in the Hampshire College’s league, British Colleges cup, and regional tournaments there is a lot to compete for.
  • Players are encouraged to take ownership of their sessions and motivate one another to form a high level of cohesion.
  • Player profiles are created at the beginning of the year to give coaching staff a better understanding of what you hope to achieve during your time here.
  • Former members of the Academy have gone on to play for: Highschool in California USA,  Impact academy Nevada USA, Bishop Warsh High school Maryland USA and UWIC University Basketball as well as the Welsh National women’s team.
  •  Opportunity to travel to Gran Canaria for a week to train with the CBA Basketball Academy.

Get Involved – Taster Sessions

If you’d like to be part of the Basketball Academy, then come along to one of our Sports Academy taster sessions to find out more about our academies and how you can take part in sport alongside your studies. Our Basketball taster sessions are held in May each year.

The programme is open to all Brock students, however we expect our academy players to have a good level of playing experience in their sport and a willingness to learn and develop. You must also show full commitment to your team.


Find out more about the Sports Academy at one of our Open Events.

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01590 625555 ext 427

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