Basketball students Abbie Jones and Brad Wood selected for national Denmark tour

Thursday, 01 May 2014

Abbie Jones and Brad Wood celebrate their selection for a national tour of DenmarkTwo Seevic College basketball students have been selected to be part of a national squad tour to Denmark.

Abbie Jones, 18, and Brad Wood, 16, captain of the girls and boys teams at the College, will take part in the 16 day visit representing the national AASE basketball scheme in September.

The trip includes games against age relevant Danish and Swedish development teams, evaluation and recording sessions, coaching sessions with local under 10 and under 12 basketball players and social events including Danish professional games and experiencing Danish cuisine. 

Abbie and Brad will also take part in cultural excursions to a number of areas of interest and  will also have the opportunity to take tentative steps in learning to speak Danish.

Charlie Ford, England Basketball’s Schools/Colleges Officer and Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) Manager, said: “It was an incredibly tough selection process this year. The standard of students on the AASE programme is higher than ever; both academically and in terms of playing ability, and I commend Seevic College on getting two of their students selected.”

Find out more about the AASE at Seevic College

Abbie, who previously attended Shoeburyness County High School, has completed five seasons playing for Southend Swifts as well as being selected for the East of England and has led the College team, who currently sit in first place in the British College Sport league. 

Brad, who previously attended St Thomas More High School in Westcliff and also plays for Swifts, has enjoyed an outstanding season which included making his England debut.   

Both players were delighted with their selection citing how the opportunities afforded them at the College, as well as having Swifts coach Stephen Pearl in charge of the college programme, had enabled them both to make huge developmental progression this year.

"We offer students an unrivalled combination of study and athletic programmes." Head of Competitive Sport, Craig Davidson

Craig Davidson, Head of Competitive Sport at Seevic College, said: “We are all delighted with the selections of Abbie and Brad to such a prestigious event. This sits along the outstanding performances of our other sports at Seevic, where we offer students an unrivalled combination of study and athletic programmes”.

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.


Trials are being held for male and female players interested in being considered for the AASE basketball scheme at Seevic College on Saturday May 10 and Saturday May 17 between 12 noon and 2pm. 

Complete the online registration form or come along to the College Sports Hall at Runnymede Chase on the day.


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