Bears Basketball Academy

Bears Basketball Academy

The Sir Robert Woodard Academy is in partnership with the Sussex Bears Basketball Club and is one of Basketball England's official accredited basketball schools.  The Academy's official name is The Sir Robert Woodard Basketball Academy.

The Sir Robert Woodard Basketball Academy has the biggest basketball development programme in Sussex and provides coaching, competitions and support for players at all levels from grassroots through to elite. The Academy is linked through the SRWA Bears directly into the Sussex Bears basketball team, and the top academy players have the opportunity to train and play for the Sussex Bears basketball team.  The Sussex Bears play in the National Basketball League.

The Academy is committed to providing elite training, support, guidance, coaching and competitions to gifted and talented players. With strong links to professional basketball teams and universities throughout Britain – and a bespoke preparation and placement programme for American colleges, British Universities and Basketball Academies throughout Europe.  Players who attend The Sir Robert Woodard Basketball Academy will be well positioned to fulfil their basketball ambitions.

What you get as an Academy basketball player:

All Academy players will receive:

  • Free training kit, tracksuit, casual wear and kit bag
  • Professional basketball coaching of 8+ hours per week in the Academy's sports facility (overlooked by the Sussex Downs in Lancing) by professional basketball coaches with international and US college experience
  • We play weekly games in the ABL (Academy Basketball League), National Schools Competition and the AOC (Association of Colleges)
  • Affiliation with the Sussex Bears Basketball Club
  • On-site medical support for injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Free use of the Academy fitness suite
  • Free fitness, strength and conditioning, exercise and nutrition programmes designed and monitored for you

In addition to the above, elite Academy players will receive:

  • 15 hours of professional basketball coaching per week
  • Open access to daily training facilities
  • Individual skills development programme
  • Mentoring for college/university preparation and support
  • College/pro placement support
  • Opportunity to become a College Sponsored Athlete - value of up to £2500 per year
  • Annual travel to the USA and Europe to compete in international competitions

Basketball Academy selection criteria

To be eligible to be considered for the Academy, you must be:

  • 16-18 years of age on 31 August of the enrolling year
  • Enrol to study at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy

Academy Coaching Staff:

Director of Basketball: Gary Smith
Academy Coaches: James Brame & Dominic Baker
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Dan Sharp

Our basketball facilities include:

  • 2 Full sized basketball courts plus show court
  • Industry standard cardio and resistance training and fitness suite
  • Bespoke basketball training equipment

If you have any queries, please contact our Head Coach, Gary Smith at or call on
01903 875519.

To visit the Academy Basketball League website, please click here. Please note that The Sir Robert Woodard Academy and the ABL are not associated.

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