Myerscough College Basketball Academy was launched in 2013 by head coach Neal Hopkins as an elite player development programme for ages 16 to 19, combining a professional training environment alongside academic study.
The Academy provides student-athletes with a thoroughly designed regimen that simulates a professional setup, with a rigorous preseason that is followed by a competitive league schedule and post-season evaluations and workouts. The coaching staff brings a plethora of experience playing and/or coaching at the collegiate and national level, while the support staff at the college extends to give academic help, as attendees prepare for the next phase of their careers.
Based at Myerscough College in Preston, the Academy’s student-athletes will gain a comprehensive understanding of the game through coaching in both an individual and team setting, and, upon graduation, will have the opportunity to pursue a university level degree or enter the world of professional basketball. Athletic and academic enrichment are just part of the vision, which includes building potential and leadership away from the court through challenges designed to foster independence and overall growth.
Myerscough has quickly risen to be one of the prominent junior programmes in the United Kingdom and is home to some of the top players in the region, including former No. 1 DENG Camp prospects Kyle Carey (Class of 2016) and Mate Okros (Class of 2019). Student-athletes have garnered individual accolades, national and international recognition and represented countries at the senior, under-20, under-18 and under-16 age groups while graduates have gone on to receive athletic scholarships to American universities or to pursue degrees at prestigious institutions in the U.K. The Academy, which is a National Centre for Sporting Excellence, consistently adds to a growing list of national titles won at the senior and junior levels.
What the Academy can offer
Qualifying students are able to apply and receive financial support for studies and residential.
- Scholarship opportunities to UK Universities for some students
- National Centre for Sporting Excellence – the best coaches, facilities and support
- Bursary Funds – up to £1,200 to support your studies
- Full accommodation available on campus
- Top 10% of colleges nationwide for academic success
- Residential Bursary funds – up to £3,400 to cover the cost of living at Myerscough
- Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation clinics
- Basketball England AASE programme for players on the performance pathway