Manchester Giants seek young talent for new Academy

MANCHESTER GIANTS has unveiled their ambitious new junior academy basketball programme and have their sights on Saddleworth which is home to a number of talented young players.

The academy, which is based at Belle Vue Leisure Centre in east Manchester, has already enrolled more than 60 youngsters.ManchesterGiants2012Logo

And Academy coach Richard Hill said: “I would like to promote the Academy in as many different areas as possible to allow opportunity for talented players to access the programme.”

Giants, via their community arm, will offer young players across Greater Manchester access to top-quality coaching and provide the first step on a potential pathway to the club’s professional British Basketball League team.

It will initially feature boys’ teams at the under-12, under-14 and under-16 age groups.

Mr Hill said: “We are really excited about the launch of our academy programme.

“We have already started three age-group teams and are working closely with local schools in East Manchester to provide valuable sporting opportunities for their students. The academy will enter teams into the National League for next season.

“The Giants have put a lot of effort and commitment into making this happen and we are determined it will be a success.

“We have more than 60 talented players attending the academy and working hard week in, week out. As a group we will strive to be not only the leading development programme in Manchester, but one of the best in England.”

Any young player or coach who would like to get involved with the academy should contact Richard at

The Giants are keen to work with more schools to provide opportunities for students to be part of the programme.

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