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London United have revealed a long-term partnership with Movistar Estudiantes, as the Spanish ACB side see the UK as a ‘strategic market’.
The partnership will not only see a coach from Spain put in place at London United’s new academy at Northolt High School, but frequent visits from Estudiantes’ Director of Development, Inigo de la Villa, and other staff that will see them have a “very active” role in the design and delivery of the London United programme.
“We are excited to work with an organisation with such a proven track record in developing young players and a history of student athletic programmes,” Emma Chambers, Director of London United commented.
“This innovative collaboration allows us to benefit from the renowned coaching traditions and practices of Movistar Estudiantes and ensure quality coaching and provision is at the heart of our organisation through the inclusion of their coaching staff within our academy programme.”
Student athletes who are part of the London United programme will participate in a schedule which includes U18 National League, U19 ABL, U17 European Youth Basketball League and NBL Senior Men’s Division three competitions.
Director of Youth Development at Movistar Estudiantes, Inigo de la Villa added:
“As Movistar Estudiantes, we have a pride and a responsibility to be able to continue to grow and promote basketball. Our philosophy is to develop young talent and allow them to fulfil or surpass their potential. We constantly are looking for creative ways to promote our brand and philosophy.
“We see the UK as a strategic market full of natural talent. Our new long term partnership with London United provides an international impulse for our project and broaden our reach to recruit and develop young players. We are delighted to work on this project with London United, as this is an organisation with whom we share common values.”
Estudiantes is one of the most storied clubs in Spanish basketball history and has developed a number of international and NBA players including the likes of Sergio Rodriguez, Felipe Reyes, Juan Hermangomez, and not to mention Great Britain co-captain Dan Clark, who moved over to Spain as a teenager.