The Talent Pathway contains four tiers of progression that sits astride the adjoining Talent System and showcases the various stages of development for basketball players from the age of 11 through to senior GB representation.
The Aspire Programme sits at the base of the model and is for 11 to 15-year-old basketball players originally selected through the National Scouting, Talent Identification & Tracking Programme from a talent pool of 20,000 boys & girls in clubs & schools nationwide.
In addition, it is important to note that selection in this system will be based on a threshold approach rather than a quota system and will involve collaboration with our clubs and schools network.
Participants within the Aspire Programme will receive competition, education and training at the Regional Talent Hubs (RTHs). There are multiple entry points for basketball players within the Aspire Programme, affording coaches the opportunity to position certain individuals in higher or lower age groups depending upon the precise stage of their development at a particular time. We recognise that development in young players is not always consistent or predictable. Clubs may recommend players at any time, depending on their development and performance.
Our key aim is the development of players for their future in the game: supporting them to be the best they can be. Whatever future they choose in basketball, we want their time in the Aspire programme to be memorable.