Mersey Tigers has launched a new basketball academy in
partnership with Knowlsey Council at the Knowsley community college.
The Knowsley Basketball Academy will provide an opportunity for rising
basketball athletes to learn about all aspects of the game. The students will
benefit from professional coaching from an experienced BBL and European
player/coach, who will bring European philosophies and ideologies to an
education programme in Britain for the first time.
The focus will be on delivering high quality basketball with an even higher
quality education for students aged between 16-18 years. The programme will
cover all aspects of the game, including the mental and physical demands made
upon a quality player, through to physical training and high level
competition. Alongside this, students will study towards academic and coaching
qualifications that are designed to provide the ideal pathway to university
courses and overseas scholarships.
The Knowsley academy will operate just like any other College, however the
academy will bring together academics and sporting excellence. Coaching
sessions, physio and rehabilitation clinics will help athletes understand their
body and how prevention is better than cure. This will help to develop athletes
and put them on an elite performance pathway.
As this is our first basketball academy places are limited and student players
will need to contact the college in order to obtain a place on one of the two
Commenting on the launch Tigers Head Coach Tony Walsh said, “As people have seen
I ‘m a coach who is often looking at young local players and unlike other
coaches in the BBL I’m willing to give young local talent a chance to showcase
their talents on the biggest stage in English basketball - The BBL. This course
will help me work with and identify the future talent for the Mersey Tigers.
Unlike other courses we promise a lot and we will deliver on our promises, I
would like to see at least a handful of the students play for the tigers in the
near future. “
For more information call 0845 1551055 or email