Players started at another community club, school, one of our school based satellite academies or our Saturday morning community sessions (which we will be adding U10 to this year to cater for players from 7-14 years old now)
Players join a national league team and hopefully work their way from U12 to U16 or join us somewhere along the way
As a national league player for Crusaders there is also the option to join us at one of our school based 11-16 academies. This can greatly enhance their development as a basketball player. Canterbury High School has two full time basketball coaches that allow players to receive individual coaching during their core PE lessons. They are also put on a special pathway at Key Stage 4 giving them additional sessions with the coaches as well as strength and conditioning coaching and elite workshops as part of the Elite Athlete group at the school. When combined with team practices at the school players receive 6-10 hours of coaching per week as part of the curriculum. Northfleet Technology College also invests in coaching giving junior players additional coaching before and after school to enhance their development.
After finishing their GCSEs in Year 11, players have have the option to further their education (studying A levels, BTECs, IBCP or vocational pathways) at one of our Sixth Form Basketball Academies.
Canterbury High School is one of a select number of school selected by Basketball England as an AASE (Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) institution and competes in the Elite Academy Basketball League (EABL). Players will receive coaching from 3 international level coaches on a daily basis in team practices and individual session. Along with basketball they will get at least 2 strength and conditioning a week, full access to a gym and physio. The Canterbury academy is run in partnership with Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, regarded as one of the best schools in the country, allowing students to choose to study at either school.
Northfleet Technology College, competes in the Academy Basketball League (ABL) with players receiving regular basketball training and individuals alongside further education. The Northfleet teams also competes in the NBL U18 league as Northfleet Crusaders.
Players at either academy have the option (and are encouraged) to play for the Men’s Development (formerly Division 4) team at the weekends.
Finally we hope that players will go on further. We have links to NCAA schools in America, scholarship opportunities in England and professional clubs.