Thornlie Christian College is launching a Specialist Basketball Programme in partnership with the Lakeside Lightning. In 2020, the programme is open to students in Years 7 and 8, however, it will continue to grow in future years to include Years 7-12. Applications will be received from students who currently attend the college and students from outside who are looking to enrol at Thornlie Christian College in 2020.
The Specialist Basketball Programme will provide high-quality coaching and training to assist students in pursuing excellence within the sport of basketball. The delivery of the programme will be through an effective partnership between College Staff and the Lakeside Lightning. As an affiliated association with Basketball WA, Lakeside is able to provide incredible learning experiences and pathways to our students. Lakeside has teams in both the WA Basketball League (WABL) and the State Basketball League (SBL), providing opportunities and also expertise from the highest levels of basketball in WA.
Lakeside will provide the coaching staff for the programme, headed up by current Men’s SBL Head Coach and Director of Basketball Development, Dave Daniels. As a player, Dave is a former Olympian, and as a head coach, has 10 years’ experience in the US College Basketball System, prior to leading the current Lightning SBL Team for the past two seasons. Through our partnership with Lakeside, students will have access not only to Dave, but also other SBL Coaches and Players, along with opportunities to engage directly with the Lightning WABL Programme.
While pursuing basketball excellence will be a major focus, the programme will go further in developing the whole student and seeing this pursuit of excellence established as a character trait applied to all of life. Coaching and teaching staff are committed to this holistic view of developing our Specialist Basketball Students.
The cost of the programme is $400 for the full year. Students will also be required to purchase Team training and playing uniforms. Please note that the cost is additional to the standard College fees and charges. If your child withdraws for reasons other than medical, no refund will be issued.
This programme is aimed at students who have existing skills, interest and potential in the sport of basketball. Part of the selection process will be a practical trial, assessing physical attributes and basketball skills and knowledge. In addition, the application process will include the review of recent school reports and feedback from appropriate references. Beyond basketball ability, it is expected that students, successful in being selected for this programme will have an outstanding attitude to all aspects of College life. Clear requirements are detailed in the application process.
Expressions of Interest will be received at any time and can be made by using the form below. Upon receipt of an expression of interest, an Application Pack will be provided.
All applicants will be invited to attend a practical trial which will be held during week 2 of term 4, 2019. Following these trials, Coaching and Teaching staff will finalise the selection of students for the 2020 cohort. All students will be advised of the outcome of their application within a week of participating in the practical trial.
Applicants who are unable to attend the practical trial, or who apply after these trials, may have the opportunity to join the programme, however, this will be at the discretion of the Basketball Programme Director.