Riverside Basketball Academy (RBA) is an Elite Basketball Academy program aimed at developing boys and girls aged 16 – 19. Our vision is to offer basketball excellence through our partner London Youngbloods Basketball Club, this offers excellent coaching experience tailored to prepare the athletes to compete against the best in the UK. Our mission is to create a legacy of successes and national recognition for Riverside Sixth Form.
We view recruitment as a critical activity, and we are always on the lookout for players who have the potential and mental strength to become elite level basketball players. London Youngbloods coaching team are active throughout the season, visiting National League and CVL games to find the best talent at under 16 level ready to make the step up to college academy. We also run half term and Summer basketball camps, focusing on individual skills, fitness workouts & strength and conditioning. RBA and London Youngbloods have teamed up to offer National league competitions for under 18 & under 16 men & women teams.
What we offer
- Practice at the academy alongside your study
- Elite coaching experience each week both one – to – one and team practice
- Enjoy fitness suits with state-of-the-art gym equipment
- Take part in regular strength and conditioning workouts
- Opportunity to qualify as a coach, referee and table official
- Play and compete at tier 2 CBL, National League Premier division and AoC
- Top of the range physiotherapist support
- Game analysis and feedback
All players have access to training every day. Content is varied and includes individual sessions focused on your personal skill development and team sessions emphasising tactical improvement. All games will be recorded and reviewed in performance and statistical analysis sessions to develop your game further. RBA are in tier 2 of CBL (College Basketball League) as well as Under 17s and Under 19s England Schools Basketball competition and the Association of Colleges regional competition.
Through the unique partnership with London Youngbloods Basketball Club, RBA are pleased to welcome Coach Stephen Onireti as our new head coach. He brings a wealth of experience being in over 20 national schools finals, winning 11 titles, head coach of the London under 15 boys team. This means that all sessions, games and analysis will be of the highest standard aligned with a professional pathway and approach as much as possible.
American college basketball opportunity
RBA and London Youngbloods have created a unique opportunity for some of the boys and girls to attend camps in America. These camps are designed to spot talents in aid of getting them athletic scholarships. There have been many boys and girls that have gone on to high schools and colleges from our program and we will be aiming for more in the future.
“Coaching has been my passion ever since I picked up a ball. My love for the game of basketball goes deep especially playing under powerhouse coaches such as Joe White, Jimmy Roger and Caroline Charles. I enjoy developing players and seeing them achieve great things. Seeing them grow into young adults makes coaching worth it. I am a very competitive coach that loves to win. This winning mentality is what I plan on bringing to Riverside Academy”
“If you train hard, winning is easy. If you train easy winning is hard”