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Advanced Apprentice in Sporting Excellence


Derby Trailblazers are one of the few Centres in the country that are licenced to deliver the AASE framework.


The AASE is designed to meet the needs of elite athletes aged 16-19 who wish to continue their sporting career and gain qualifications at the same time. The AASE is not a qualification for simply playing the game. It is notionally a two-year programme where Apprentices receive additional support and guidance for their basketball development and education. The AASE is aimed at athletes:


"who have the realistic potential to achieve excellence in their sport and are seeking to perform at the highest level as their main career goal"


Importantly AASE also provides an array of exit opportunities if the ultimate performance related outcome is not quite reached. Even if a young person is successful in achieving a professional contract or a full-time occupation, their career as a performer often has a limited lifespan. Most professional athletes' careers are in decline by their early thirties and some are often forced out earlier due to injury, loss of form, or employer financial constraints.


The programme has also been designed so that if an athlete falls short of their ultimate goal, they have the skills, knowledge and qualifications to pursue a secondary or supplementary career. Exit routes could include Higher Education, or working in the sport & recreation industry as a coach, sport development officer, fitness instructor etc.



What does the AASE programme involve?


The AASE programme is made up of four sections:


*Level 3 NVQ Achieving Excellence in Sports performance


*Technical Certificate - A/Levels, BTEC etc.


*Functional Skills in communication & application of numbers - This section isn't applicable if GCSE's are achieved in Maths and English


*England Basketball Level 2 Coaching award


Why should I choose to attend an AASE institution?


*The AASE programme is an integral part of the Great Britain Basketball Player Performance Pathway


* You will be coached by top approved coaches in the country


*You will have over ten hours on-court coaching each week including both individual and group sessions


*You will undertake strength & conditioning sessions designed to enhance elite performance


*Full support is given to complete your further educational studies


*The AASE programme can open up exit routes to universities, BBL/EBL Div 1 clubs and to European and American development programmes


What are the player eligibility requirements of the AASE programme?


The AASE programme is open to male and female players who will be aged either 16 or 17 at the start of September in the year they begin the AASE framework. Ideally they will have already experienced playing at regional or national team level. All AASE students are approved to the programme by England Basketball in conjunction with British Basketball.


How do I get a place on the AASE programme?


Each year Blazers Academy will nominate players who our coaching staff feel are suitable for the AASE programme. England Basketball will then assess these nominated players and allocate places to players they feel meet their AASE criteria.

AASE - Advanced Apprentice in Sporting Excellence