Basketball Academy

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

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

In recent years our basketball teams have won a league and have been cup semi-finalists.

One member was even invited to join the prestigious Impact Basketball Academy in Las Vegas.

If you’d like to be part of the Academy please contact us.

Basketball Match at Brock

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.

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.
  • Brand new purpose built changing facilities.
  • Extended sports hall with basketball, badminton, tennis, netball and volleyball court.

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 in 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.

Get Involved – Taster Sessions

We hold annual trials where you can find out more about our academies and how you can successfully take part in sport alongside your studies.

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.

If you’d like to be part of the Academy please contact us.

Basketball practice at Brock

Alternate sports

If Basketball isn’t your thing, we offer four other sports for you to choose from.

If you’d like to be part of the Academy please contact us.


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

Open events


01590 625555 ext 259
Apply for the Sports Academy