28th June 2016
Torbay Tigers are to join forces with the South Devon College Basketball Academy for the new academic year starting in September 2016.
Rick Wooldridge, Tigers Head Coach and former England under 16s Coach, is very keen for the academy to be based at the College. Rick only has praise for the College Basketball programme, which over the last six years has produced some talented players who have gone on to play for the Tigers National league teams or senior men’s teams.
The College boasts success with students like David Cabiong who has been accepted at Solent University. David said if it wasn’t for basketball keeping him focused on his studies, then he would have struggled academically. Also, Manuel Cardosa will be moving on to a College in the USA where basketball will be his main focus.
Other recent successes include students like Troy Culley, who is now part of the England under 18s on an apprenticeship programme. Troy’s brother Jordon also attended the College and represented England under 18s in a Europe Academy.
Coach George Hatchell said, “To forge a partnership with Torbay Tigers will enhance both basketball programmes; particularly the community links which enable local players to get to play at a good level”.
South Devon College already work closely with the Basketball England Schools Regional League by hosting Central Venue Leagues for school years 8 and 10; so already have strong links with other schools in the area. To join forces with one of the most successful development clubs in the South West should increase numbers of participants in the area. Torbay Tigers currently have an established girls programme in the club, so future prospects for the College to possibly run a girls programme could also be introduced subject to interest.
South Devon College will be having a number of “come and try” sessions on the below dates.
Tuesday July 19th – 10.00 – 12.00
Wednesday July 20th- 10.00 – 12.00
Thursday July 21st – 10.00 – 12.00
If you have any questions or queries please contact Academy Coach, George Hatchell – [email protected]