For those of you who want to take your interest in basketball further. Now you can study for a full time sports qualification!
Southwark College has teamed up with NBA star Steve Bucknall to launch the new Basketball Academy.
So who is Steve Bucknall?
Steve Bucknall grew up in South London and attended Tulse Hill Secondary school. He started playing basketball for Crystal Palace. Steve left England as a teenager for a high school in Boston. Later the talented player received a scholarship to the University of Carolina and was ranked in the top 20 high school players in America.
Steve holds the honour of being the first Englishman to play in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers. Over his 16-year professional basketball career, he has represented teams in the USA, England, France, Germany, Greece and Italy. As England captain Steve has gained 92 caps for his country and holds the all- time scoring title. He also gained a further 22 caps for Great Britain, winning a Commonwealth bronze medal.
What Steve had to say about giving back
Steve said, “After playing basketball with the NBA in America and returning to England to play in the British Basketball League, I realised that I could share my experiences within my community. My overall objective is to provide individuals with the unique experience of quality coaching sessions providing them with the best disciplines which I learnt. I am dedicated to providing each young person that attends one of my sessions with the essential skills and knowledge to help them become a better person and basketball player.”
What he had to say about working with Southwark College
When asked why he decided to work in partnership with Southwark College, Steve said “Basketball is a well established and lucrative sport in America and Europe, whereas in Britain there is room for improvement. It is with programmes such as “The Southwark basketball Academy”, that we hope to raise basketball's profile. We want to provide young people with the necessary skills and opportunity to enjoy and excel in the game and off the court.”
For more information about Basketball Academy call 020 7815 1600
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