Seevic basketball star Brad Wood makes England debut

Tuesday, 07 January 2014

Brad Wood in action for England under-17 at the Haris international tournament in ManchesterSeevic College and Southend Swifts basketball star Brad Wood has taken his first step towards national recognition after making his England under-17 debut in an international tournament held in Manchester. 

Wood gained selection after a series of outstanding performances for Seevic College in the newly formed Elite Academies Basketball League, the highest College league in the country, and for Swifts in the National League.

Wood, who previously attended St Thomas More High School in Westcliff,  joined Seevic College in September 2013 and is part of the Advanced Apprentice in Sporting Excellence (AASE) scheme at the College.

In addition, he is also studying towards A-Levels in Physical Education, Economics, History and English Language & Literature. Playing for the College enabled Brad to be spotted at a national trial, which led to his England selection.

Wood has been with Swifts since the age of 13, playing at his own age group as well as getting the opportunity to play at older levels. 

He said: "It was obviously a fantastic honour to represent the country.  Swifts have worked on teaching me the fundamentals of the game from an early age. The extra time and facilities at Seevic have enabled me to further improve my skills.  My aim is to go to University in America and I hope that gaining international recognition will help me to achieve this.”

"It was obviously a fantastic honour to represent the country." Brad WoodDavid Waite, Faculty Director for Sport & Public Services at Seevic College, said: "The whole College is delighted with Brad's selection for England.  Our basketball programme is part of our very comprehensive competitive sports programme that we offer all of our students and we look forward to other student athletes attaining similar honours.”

England under-17 finished fifth in the Haris tournament, held at the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Manchester on 27-29 December.

Seevic College is one of just 16 colleges in England that are part of the AASE basketball scheme and the only authorised basketball College in Essex. Through the scheme, Seevic College offers aspiring student athletes the opportunity to receive up to 13 hours of practice time per week, individual training sessions, positional clinics and video analysis sessions.

Male and female players interested in being considered for the AASE basketball scheme at Seevic College from September 2014 can complete our online registration form

The College’s next Open Evening takes place on Tuesday 4 February, 5.30 – 8pm. Register online today

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