The Sports Academy is a talent development programme designed to help you be the best athlete you can be. It is central to the success and reputation of Brockenhurst College being the number one choice for sports in the area.
We strive on developing players on the court and instilling values off the court. We believe hard work and commitment are the basis to success.
Meet the team
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 and Assistant Coach: Sean Rawlings
This is Sean’s second year with 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.
Sean is 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.
Why join us?
The Basketball programme offers a chance to do what you love alongside your studies.
We believe that education will always come first and that playing basketball is a reward, and with training built within each students time table there is no reason to not work hard and play hard.
We run 3 training sessions a week and up to two games. 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 at Brock.
Other than team success within various competitions the academy programme has helped produce some very talented and hardworking young men and women.
Some former players who have gone on to play are:
Benjy Kirkham: Highschool in California USA
Joe Davies: Impact academy Nevada USA
Keir Turner: Bishop Warsh High school Maryland USA
Jack England: High School USA Winner of a National Championship
Megan Jenkins: UWIC University Basketball as well as the Welsh National women’s team
Brockenhurst Basketball academy allowed me to develop my skills and helped me take my game to the next level. The Academy also provided me with an excellent opportunity to make friends and be a part of something special.
Brockenhurst Basketball academy is a great environment and has helped me improve as a player physically and mentally, the level of coaching is among the top in the UK and this shows with the success the academy has had each year. Academically I have achieved a lot because of the academy motivating me to play.
Get Involved – Taster Sessions
If you fancy being 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.
Academy is open access to all Brock Students we expect our academy players to have a good level of playing experience in their chosen sport be it from playing for school or representing at a higher level such as club, county or regional. We also expect to see a willingness to learn and develop and a full commitment to your team.
Facilities, Costs and Venues
The rewards from the Sports Academy will be highly beneficial for any aspiring athlete’s development – you will play sport in a competitive professional environment, receive excellent coaching and benefit from outstanding training facilities. Training takes place at the college’s main campus using the sports hall and fitness suite.
The costs to join the academy are kept at a minimum, however we do ask all students to pay a £50 fee to join which goes towards all costs, such as league entries, referees, trips, accommodation, tours, insurance, pitch hire etc. Students will also be asked to purchase the Basketball Academy team kit.