The Aspire Tournaments, held at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester, are the culmination of the Aspire Programme.
The tournaments are held over two days, with the Under 13 and Under 15 age groups, normally playing 7 shortened games, to decide positions 1-10. Our teams travel on Friday and return on Sunday. Parent support is welcome, but players are under the supervision of Team Managers and Coaches throughout the weekend.
The tournaments serve as the major selection tool for the initial England National Team Camps at Under 14 and Under 15. However, it is clearly an enormous honour for all players to represent their region at this event, and to be recognised as one of the top 100 players of their age group in England.
Depending on the age of the players, the programme is balanced between individual player development and team preparation. Additional training days outside the Aspire programme The training days are especially important as the opportunities for regular club training and competition can be limited for this age group.