August 17 Blackhawks Pre-season Basketball Camp

Four days full of basketball with coach Costa, Tayo Ogedengbe (the Scorchers captain), Michelle Laurie (a master trainer from Beachbody) and 26 eager campers in total.
Four days, four MVPs (from L to R): Kiran C, Oliver W, Iskander S and Tom B.
Big thank you goes to Tayo for presenting us 6 hours of ball handling, passing and shooting.
Very big thank you to Michelle and her helper who gave up their time to present three sessions of hugely enjoyable basketball aerobics.
Another thank you goes to Dan and Ryan and their crew from WCS who have been so kind throughout this camp what with keeping our basketball bags overnight so we didn’t have to carry them back and forth every day and sorting out the court after we had left.

Tayo Ogedengbe ran a 2-hour clinic on ball handling and campers were graded.
Oliver Winton achieved highest mark (7.5/10).
Next was a knockout 1v1 competition during which, campers had to beat their opponent by dribbling and scoring first!
Charlie Marsh and Henry Winton made it to the final, which Henry won convincingly.
After lunch, a dynamo by the name of Michelle Laurie took the Insanity aerobics session and had the campers begging for mercy!
Coach Costas ran 3v3 tournament, which Ellis, Tom and Oliver won outright.
Undisputed MVP was Oliver Winton whose game is coming on in leaps and bounds.

In the morning, Tayo ran a 2-hour clinic on passing.
After lunch coach Costas ran the Gonzaga trapping drill and then Kyrie Irving's spin move.
Then it was competition time which culminated into an exciting final showdown between Kiran and Iskandar with the latter edging it out and thus winning today's MVP trophy! Well done to both finalists and to all those who took part.
More competition, with the Grays winning the 4v4 tournament with Oliver Winton leading the pack.

In the morning, Tayo ran a 2-hour shooting clinic.
After lunch, it was time for the irrepressible Michelle and her basketball aerobics!
Coach Costas followed that with a Shooting 21 competition, more shooting drills and scrimmage.
Camp MVP today was the ever-popular Tom Barendson.

Competitive shooting drills, the Gonzaga trapping drill, the gaining in popularity basketball aerobics by Michelle Laurie, more drills, more scrimmage and lots of fun were the order of the day.
MVP today was Kiran Coomasaru for getting on with things, showing great skills and scoring prowess, without causing any problems.
Those registered with the club, received a brand new shooting shirt for the new season.

What a great camp this was!
Looking forward to the next one in October (23, 24, 25) already.

Welcome to the 2017-18 Season

Message from coach Costas:

Dear players and parents,

On behalf of all the coaches and team managers, I would like to welcome you all to the new season with the Blackhawks.

The club has been going from strength to strength and we look forward to another bumper season, full of competitive and enjoyable basketball.
Way back in 2002, it was as easy to run the Youth Programme as it is to run a single team now - because it was a single team!
Now we are a going concern, run by volunteers, having to take care of so many things that would not look out of place in a small to medium sized business.
We are all driven by our passion to develop children (around through the sport of basketball, so they become the best they can be.

We are in it to win it but not at all costs.
We stand by our SECRET (Skill, Energy, Commitment, Results, Enthusiasm and Teamwork).

And we rely on the parents’ support in so many areas (coaching, team management, taking game stats, website content and maintenance, management of our finances, table officiating, refereeing, ordering kit and equipment, organising development courses, organising venues and negotiating reasonable rates, creating and maintaining links with basketball powerhouses in Europe and the USA, liaising with England Basketball, finding sponsors, taxiing their children to practice and game venues, paying the fees regularly and often working with the coaches to bring the best out of their children - you name it!).

Our reward? Just a “thank you mum/dad/coach/etc for everything” ten, fifteen or twenty years down the line. Priceless!

Many thanks,
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Youth Basketball Programme

The Youth Basketball Programme is developed and led by Costas Rakitzis, national level (L3) coach.

If you would like more information regarding the programme please contact Costas by Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Opportunities are available for boys and girls to train and compete for the Club in various local and national leagues. Our aim is to develop young people to be the best they can be both on and off the court.

To find out more about the individual squads use the squad link on the right