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The Derby Basketball Academy is a partnership between Noel-Baker Sixth Form, Derby College and the Derby Trailblazers Basketball club. It is headed by Coach Matt Shaw and has been operational from September 2009. To apply for a place or to find out more information please contact Matt (contact).


The Academy has grown rapidly throughout its short life. This year there are over 40 players studying at either Noel-Baker or Derby College and taking part in daily training sessions.

Weekly Basketball timetable 2014



7am-8am Individual Skill Dev

5pm-7pm Team Training



4pm-5pm Video Analysis

5pm-6pm Shooting Session



Game day



7am-8am Individual Skill Dev

5.30pm-7.30pm Team Training



4pm-6pm Personal Workout


*Strength and conditioning sessions are completed at various times depending on the students timetable.


**Most academy players also train and play for one or more of the Derby Trailblazers club team. Including under 18s, Local league, EBL Men's 4, EBL Men's 3 and EBL Men's 1

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Photo: Coach Bowen leads a video and game analysis session.

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Photo: Coach Shaw gets his message across during a time out.

Photo: National Champions 2014

About the Academy

Life for the academy students is not easy, trying to fit in studying along with weight training, practice, games and video analysis can be difficult.


What to expect at Derby Trailblazers Basketball Academy


•    Daily practice under expert coaching supervision.

•    Playing opportunities for all Academy players at all levels.

•    Contacts with several Universities in the United States.

•    Highly qualified and experienced coaching.

•    Individual strength and conditioning programme.

•    Specialised training methods.

•    Quality practice and training facilities.

•    Video Analysis of team and individual performances.

Education at the Basketball Academy


Noel-Baker Sixth Form and Derby College offers a variety of further education courses including AS/A Levels and vocational B-Tec qualifications. Academy players can choose any of the courses offered at Derby College or Noel-Baker Sixth Form. Training, games and all other basketball Academy activities will be arranged around the player’s academic timetable. Education comes first! Student progress will be closely monitored. If a player is behind or struggling in their studies coaches will seek solutions. It is possible this could include suspension from training and games. Poor behaviour in class or around campus is not acceptable. This will result in disciplinary action that may include suspension from training and games.