24 Derby Trailblazers Basketball Academy student athletes enjoyed a 16 day tour of Belgium, Germany and Holland during August 2015. The tour, funded by Erasmus+ work placements included a variety of off the court events including attending a theme park, Go Karting, natural spa walking, museums, shopping, kayaking and many other team building and cultural experiences.
On the court players experienced a taste of European basketball playing in a variety of venues against various teams. In addition, students also delivered coaching sessions to young Belgium children and taught English to the local kids.
Coach Shaw hailed the trip a huge success saying “It was a wonderful two weeks. We have to thank Erasmus+ for making this possible along with BC Ninane for hosting us in such fantastic style. They went above and beyond our expectations in terms of what a host should deliver. It was great for our players to see a European club in full flow and the family atmosphere was quite an eye opener.”
Student Rhys Finney added “It was two of the best weeks of my life, making friends, developing skills on and off the court and learning about another culture and other countries. I know that I am incredible lucky to have experienced this and we are all very thankful”
And the good news, Trailblazers Academy has received the funding to do it all again... They will head back to Spa Belgium again in August 2016.