The trial dates have been set and the program schedule now complete, what lies ahead is a guaranteed outstanding sporting program built on many years of experience.
The Central Coast Academy of Sport ClubsNSW Basketball Program has for years been one of the leading programs within the regional Academies. The program has provided a true stepping stone for participants wanting to reach higher order honours in the sport, many former CCAS athletes have advanced to state team and national team representation.
It appears this trend will continue with the recent announcement the CCAS ClubsNSW Basketball Program will remain part of the ‘endorsed pathway’ with the State Governing body, Basketball NSW.
The 2016-17 program was the first year of an endorsed pathway with support provided by Basketball NSW, this will continue in 2017 and the schedule set looks to surpass the quality program of the past year. One minor change will see athletes who are seeking selection to the State Performance Plan (SPP – step two in the BNSW pathway) not eligible to take a position with the CCAS program, this potentially means a greater depth of talent being introduced to the CCAS Basketball program and that surely is a good thing.
The Developing Athlete Program (DAP) is the first step in the basketball NSW athlete pathway and athletes eligible for DAP are encouraged to apply for the ClubsNSW basketball program. Approx. 250 athletes will be ‘identified’ in the first year through the Regional Academy Network, 30 of those coming from the Central Coast region.
Ian Robilliard the CCAS Managing Director and person well versed in the sport due to his 30+ years of involvement said of the program; “It’s great that Basketball NSW has seen how valuable the Regional Academies are in providing localised and specialised training in this sport; the pathway is certainly a lot less complicated and the central Coast Academy of Sport is delighted to be able to offer this program to our up and coming basketball players. The CCAS can’t be all things to all people but this allows around thirty athletes a step in the ladder and the signs this year look very encouraging.”
Will Granger the CCAS Basketball Head Coach said of the upcoming trials: “The CCAS program has some of the best coaches available at a regional level, last year we had three State Coaches involved with the program and this level of coaching is un-matched in our region. IF an athlete is keen about the sport then this is a great start point to a successful introduction to a pre-elite training environment. I can’t recommend this program enough, it really is a great program, with the result speaking volumes about the quality of the content and the advancement of athletes up the pathway ladder”
To find out more and to apply online go to thinksport.com.au/programs/basketball.
The Central Coast Academy of Sport Basketball Program is proudly supported by: ClubsNSW, Basketball NSW, Club Terrigal, Swish Technics and Central Coast Adventist School.
The Central Coast Academy of Sports would like to thank and acknowledge the support received from the following Business Partners: NSW Government, The University of Newcastle, Mingara Recreation Club, Greater Bank, NBN Television, Oddball Marketing, Southern Cross Austereo (101.3 Sea FM and 107.7 2GO), Central Coast Council.