We have partnered with Myerscough to provide the next step in the performance pathway for players at our club with former Saints Alumni like Callan Low (NCAA Div. II Newberry Wolves), Mikey Irvine and Jack Thomson having previously attended and thrived under the programmes' excellent coaching staff. Myerscough have risen to the top of European basketball now competing in the EYBL each year and competing to a high level, this positive movement for UK basketball by SCO is something that rings true with us as a club and we are so delighted to be able to call SCO Academy our partner in developing young Scottish and UK basketball talent going forward.
Myerscough College Basketball Academy was launched in 2013 as an elite player development programme, combining a professional training environment alongside academic study for boys and girls ages 16 to 19, as well as providing an avenue for university level students, in conjunction with UCLAN, to obtain a Foundation Degree in Basketball Coaching and Performance.
The SCO Programme
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 risen to be one of the prominent basketball academies 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 their respective 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, pursued degrees at prestigious institutions in the U.K. and sign professional basketball contracts abroad. 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 U.K. universities for some students
National Centre for Sporting Excellence – the best coaches, facilities and support
Full accommodation available on campus
Top 10% of colleges nationwide for academic success
Residential Bursary funds – up to £3,800 to cover the cost of living at Myerscough
Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation clinics
Basketball England DiSE programme for players on the performance pathway
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