DP6 Basketball Academy


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The DP6 Basketball Academy offers talented players the chance to combine their academic studies with a high-level basketball program. It gives the opportunity for committed and passionate student athletes to build on their individual and team performance whilst studying at a school that will stretch and challenge you to achieve the best grades possible.

The goal of the DP6 basketball academy is to prepare all student athletes for what’s next in their careers regardless of if the student continues in basketball, whether that be gaining scholarships to universities in the UK or in the USA, furthering their basketball careers at the next level.

The ethos of the academy is that the Individual development will always come first, and team success will be the outcome. As an academy we provide weekly individual and team sessions as well as strength and conditioning sessions with experienced coaches.

  • Three Team practices
  • Competitive Game Schedule in Basketball England endorsed competitions
  • Small group individual focused skill workouts
  • Strength and Conditioning Program
  • Video Analysis

DP6 is a modern campus, completely rebuilt in 2012 and contains the ideal facilities for on and off court development. The leisure centre contains a sprung wooden floor, Perspex backboards, scoreboard, and eight baskets. Also contained within the leisure centre complex is a secondary workout room, a lounge and meeting room and a fully equipped weight room.

The Basketball Academy will take part in a competitive games schedule in Basketball England affiliated competitions. Student Athletes will still be able to participate with any National League club program outside of school hours should they wish to.

Within the first year of full competition, the DP6 Basketball Academy has experienced a great amount of success with the team achieving an unbeaten record during the league as well as having several players making standout performances throughout the year. We have also had several players make their debuts in the British Basketball League for the London Lions as well as others competing in NBL D1 and D3 leagues for the Lions or competing in the D2 league for Baltic Stars.

Headed by former BBL and GB Senior Men’s National Team Coach Lloyd Gardner. A former junior international player, Lloyd transitioned into coaching with the Reading Rockets Basketball Club before moving to Barking Abbey School where he helped turn the program into one of the leading Basketball Academy in the country. At Barking Abbey, Lloyd helped the program to more than 15 national titles and helped more than 100 student athletes onto university level in North America. Assisting Lloyd to lead the program at DP6 is Pierce Maslen, Jordanas Mejeras and Leah McDerment.

Pierce, an ex-player of Lloyds at Barking Abbey represented England/ Great Britain at junior level from u15-18 and was also a part of several tittles at Barking Abbey. Then he went to study at Loughborough University and began his coaching career.

Jordanas who is the founder of the successful Baltic Stars club based in East London, has gained more than 12yrs of coaching experience ranging from u8s all the way to senior men’s as well as leaving behind an impressive playing career overseas and studying in the USA.

Leah McDerment who is a current WBBL London Lions player, began her coaching career after her years abroad playing professionally in Germany as well as attending UMASS University in the USA. She also attended Barking Abbey as a junior while representing England across multiple age groups.

For more information on applying for DP6 Basketball Academy please contact – pmaslen@dagenhampark.org.uk