The Regional Development Programme consists of a series of training days which prepare players for possible selection for the Regional Development Tournament. Depending on the age of the players, the programme is balanced between individual player development and team preparation.
The Under 13 programmes begin early in the year and support the players’ development through to the Regional Development Tournaments which are held early in July. The training days are especially important as the opportunities for regular club training and competition can be limited for this age group.
Selection for the programme will be by club nomination to open assessment sessions (players are normally invited to two initially) where the coaches will issue invitations to a first squad. Club coaches are a crucial part of the process of identifying talent and potential, as well as current performance.
Players who attend the Regional Performance Centre are considered for selection for the Under 15 Regional Development Programme, which will commence after the conclusion of the RPC. Clubs are encouraged to nominate suitable players whose performances improve significantly at any time during the season, so that the most talented attend the RPC.
The programme will run up to the Regional Development Tournaments held in September.
Up to now, the Under 17 RDP has followed a similar format to the Under 15, with most of the players already known from previous years, or nominated by their clubs. Discussions are currently taking place on the future and format of this age group, which will be confirmed in due course.
Further information can be obtained from the Basketball England web here: www.basketballengland.co.uk/learnimprove/improve-as-a-player/regional-development-programmes