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London United-Harefield Academy will compete in France next season after joining forces with Buckinghamshire New University and BCM Gravelines Grand Fort Philippe to create a unique experience unseen in recent years.
The programme will offer students a BSc in Sport Science and Coaching Theory, as well as competing in EBL’s Division 2 whilst simultaneously participating in the French Regional League Cup competition, Leroux Challenge, with a guaranteed 16 games in France.
“I really believe that our degree addresses one of the most pronounced weaknesses of British basketball which is a chronic lack of regular contact with the European scene,” said head coach of London United-Harefield Academy, Jack Majewski, who also is behind the Future Stars International Basketball Tournament. “We couldn’t realistically talk about the education of players and coaches without exposing them to European basketball.
“Joining a foreign competition which offers potentially over 20 games is a fantastic opportunity for young players to taste all aspects of life of a professional player in addition to amazing opportunities and exposure.”
To maximise their exposure to European professional basketball, students participating in the degree will take part in lectures delivered by coaching staff from BCM Gravelines (Pro A regular season winner 2012/13 and Final Four of Eurochalenge), and have on court training sessions everyday with unrestricted access to strength and conditioning facilities.
In terms of academic provision the degree will consist of 16 modules all designed to complement their basketball performance. Alongside the degree students will have the opportunity to gain vocational qualifications including UKCC Basketball Coaching Level h1 and 2 and Health and Fitness Instructor level 2 and 3. The programme also offers students the opportunity to gain coaching experience through London United Basketball Clubs community and junior programmes.
“We are fully aware what natural talent Great Britain possesses,” Christian Devos, President of BCM Gravelines said. “It is very sensible for us to assist these athletes with our expertise and provide them with the opportunity to flourish. It’s quite possible that soon some of them will end up in the French leagues, perhaps even our club.”
Apart from opportunities for active players the course will also provide an option for young coaches who alongside the degree will gain extensive coaching practical experience with London United’s junior programmes participating in the English Basketball National League.
Prospective students (both players and coaches) interested in this programme should contact London United at: [email protected]