Olympian launches Myerscough Basketball Academy girl’s programme

Myerscough College’s Basketball Academy is set to expand further in 2016 with the launch of a new girl’s programme.

The Academy, which has enjoyed phenomenal success since being established in 2013, has appointed former Great Britain Women’s captain, Julie Page, to take the lead in the establishment of the new girls programme, which set to launch in September next year. Julie is a vastly experience player in the women’s game and was part of the Team GB roster that competed in the London 2012 Olympics.

To launch the new programme, there will be an Open Event held at Myerscough College’s Bilsborrow campus next month, where interested students can meet Julie and the rest of the Myerscough team as well as finding out more about the course and viewing the facilities the college has to offer.

Julie says: ‘’I’m looking forward to passing on more than 15 years of playing experience to the next generation. To be able to have access to the professional environment at Myerscough College is huge for the development of the girls and is something I would have benefitted from massively in my early years.’’


Julie in action during the 2012 London Olympics

“I’m really excited to see our young British talent up close and for them and their families to experience the incredible environment Myerscough can provide”.

Myerscough College Basketball Academy was launched in September 2013 and is designed to provide students with the unique opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of the game, whilst studying towards qualifications that provide the ideal pathway to university level degree courses or the world of basketball.

In just their second season, as well as high academic achievement, the academy were crowned national champions as well as winning a string of other trophies and tournaments. The new programme will enjoy brand new facilities too, with work now well underway on a second, state-of-the-art, purpose built Sport’s Centre on campus. The new facility will be finished in time for the expected launch of the programme next year.  

Neal Hopkins is the Head of the academy and says: ‘’It’s fantastic we’ve got Julie on board and that we have such a big name within Women’s Basketball to pass on her knowledge and experience of the game”.

‘’Our students receive high quality coaching every day – from both a team and individual perspective – and have access to our state of the art strength and conditioning facilities. Encompassing academic lessons, coaching sessions, physio and rehabilitation clinics and competitive fixtures Myerscough aims to give a ‘next level’ experience which is supported by qualified tutors and highly experienced coaches”.

‘’It’s hoped the girls can follow in the boy’s footsteps and enjoy similar success in years to come’’.

The academy’s open afternoon and evening will be held on Monday 26th October, between 4 & 9pm.


For more information about the launch of Myerscough College’s new girl’s programme, please email Neal Hopkins: nhopkins@myerscough.ac.uk

Neal Hopkins
Myerscough College Basketball Academy Programme Leader and Head Coach.