The award winning and nationally recognised West Bromwich Albion Basketball, led by Head Coach Clive Allen is now in its sixth season and boasts an Under 18 and Under 16 male and Under 18 female team as well as a National Division 4 Men’s team.
The junior squads have been nurtured by Clive and his coaching team since 2009 and they now can fulfil their ambition of playingfor the Baggies at a senior level in the sport.
The teams play in the England Basketball Age-Defined Divisional system and play their home games and train at Sandwell Academy alongside the other Sporting Club Albion (SCA) squads of Girls football and disability sport.
Clive, who was recently voted the West Midlands Community Sports Coach of the Year (http://thealbionfoundation.co.uk/?p=18825), has now decided to focus his time on the Sandwell Academy Basketball Development Programme, nurturing players in a Post 16 environment and feeding them through the Sporting Club Albion pathway.
Asked before the start of the 2015-16 season, Clive had the following to say about theseason ahead: “This is a very young team so it is going to be tough but I am very proud of their progress so far and know they will do their very best. We are keen to get as many people down to watch the games and follow the team.”
Rob Lake, the Director of The Albion Foundation added “Through our Premier League 4 Sport project we are able to introduce basketball in to local schools. The players can then progress in to the junior squads and even have the opportunity to be part of our Elite Sports Performance programme in partnership with Sandwell Academy where our talented players receive a quality education programme matched with additional professional coaching programme delivered by Clive and his team.”
West Bromwich Albion Goalkeepers Anders Lindegaard and Jack Rose recently visited the team to take part in a training session with the team. Find out how they fared in the below video:
The Under 18 Men and Under 16 Boys both enjoyed winning seasons in 2013/14, finishing with 12:4 and 12:8 respectively under the tutelage of Dean Blake and Delroy Gittens. The Under 18 women however struggled in their division finishing with a 0:15 record for the second season. They are however a very young and hold a lot of promise for the future.
The basketball set up was recognised by England Basketball in October 2014 as one of the players, Samual Harvey was called up to the England Basketball set up to attend several camps and developmental training sessions. For more information about Samual’s call up, please visit http://thealbionfoundation.co.uk/?p=18164.