Bullets Academy: Providing more Opportunities for Aspiring Queensland Athletes
As the Brisbane Bullets have an eye on the ultimate prize in NBL20, the club is also making a greater investment in developing talent in Queensland with the launch of the Bullets Academy pathway.
In what is a huge coup for Basketball in Queensland, the establishment of the Bullets Academy will help to bridge the gap between association representative basketball, Basketball Queensland state teams and the Bullets high performance environment.
Bullets Academy programs will offer elite, young athletes the chance to further their development on and off the court.
Brisbane Bullets Head of Community and Development, Greg Vanderjagt says the academy will integrate strongly with the well-established and successful Basketball Queensland pathway.
“The Bullets Academy is designed to provide a further opportunity for skill and character-based development for aspiring Queensland athletes who have a desire to succeed at the highest levels of the sport,” Vanderjagt said.
“Our Academy will integrate strongly with the Basketball Queensland pathway, delivering style of play concepts, fundamental skill teaching and technical knowledge which allow athletes to climb the ladder to success within Basketball Queensland programs.
“From our Academy programs, we want to be able to identify the next generation of Brisbane Bullets stars and support their development as a complete athlete”.
The Bullets Academy will be delivered in partnership with Basketball Queensland, offering all athletes a unique opportunity to develop the fundamental technical skills which are the focus of the Basketball Queensland state style of play.
Targeted at all players aged 11 – 17 years the opportunity for skill based, position specific development will complement the athlete development pathway in Queensland.
Bullets General Manager of Basketball Richard Clarke says the academy programs are open to all inspiring Bullets.
“We want to provide the opportunity to find that undiscovered talent out there – the next Tyrell Harrison who hasn’t been on the radar and just needs an opportunity to show out,” Clarke said.
The Academy programs will also include opportunities for the best junior girls to develop their talents, with programs for both boys and girls groups being rolled out over the next 12 months.
With all Academy programs to be delivered at the Bullets home “The Armoury”, all participants will get the opportunity to develop in a world class training environment, utilising the resources which are available to Brisbane Bullets athletes and learning from Bullets coaches and players throughout each program, including Bullets head coach Andrej Lemanis and Bullets assistant coaches CJ Bruton and Sam McKinnon.
With a heavy emphasis on broadening the reach of the technical skills required for Queensland athletes to succeed within the Basketball Queensland state style of play, BQ Chief Operating Officer Josh Pascoe shared his pleasure with the establishment of the Bullets Academy program
“Basketball Queensland are excited by the increased opportunities that this program will provide South East Queensland athletes to develop their skills in line with our Style of Play. The integration with Basketball Queensland’s current development pathway will also assist our High-Performance staff in the broader identification and development of talent for future programs.”
The Bullets Academy will run talent ID and exposure camps with invites to selected athletes to follow, the program will be a tiered customised program applied for all athletes factoring existing commitments and load management protocols and as an athlete reaches the upper tiers, they will become a Brisbane Bullets scholarship athlete, with the opportunity to join the Brisbane Bullets squad as a development player.
Bullets Academy programs will commence in late October 2019 with a variety of sessions available to athletes in South East Queensland both morning and evening. Aspiring athletes who have a desire to improve all aspects of their game and develop the skills required to play at the state team level are able to join the Academy.
For more information about Bullets Academy programs or to register for term 4 programs, log onto www.bullets.com.au/community