Along with the West Suffolk Wolves Basketball Club, our County Upper Academy have had it rough these last six months with the unpredictable circumstances. However, with schools opening and a strange beginning of the ‘new normal’ coming into play, our academy teams join to prepare for this season. Both the boys and the girls are once again reunited for the season 2019-20, which we thought would never happen after the pandemic!
With a gradual decrease in social distancing restrictions, the AbL have confirmed the conferences for our academy boys. This season our CU boys will be competing with the following teams in the East Conference: Dagenham Park, Havering 6th form, Leyton Sixthform, Mayfield School in Newham, Oasis Academy in Enfield, Moulton in Northampton, Long Road in Cambridge, USP in Southend, Sigma Six in Colchester. With Long Road being the most local team, be sure to come support our boys on the road! Especially our first home game against Sigma Six (Colchester Basketball Academy) on the 4th of November.
Head Coach Johnson adds, “After all this time off due to the lockdown, it just feels good to get back on the court to run practices and individual development sessions with our academy players. There is still a long way to go between now and the 4th of November with anything possibly happening due to Covid. We have a good group of players this year with a mixture of older and younger players, so I am very optimistic regarding where we could end up at the end of the season.”
As for the girls, our AOC schedule has been released. Our CU girls will be competing with the following teams in the East/ London Conference: Leyton College, Riverside, St Charles college, college of Haringey, Enfield, Northeast London in Enfield, Sir George Monoux College, Oasis 6th form in Enfield and New City College in Hackney. Our girls first game in scheduled on the road at Riverside 6th Form on the 4th of November… we wish them the best of luck! They have also been entered into the BE U19 and U18 schools championship, as well as the AOC cup.
Quote from Head Coach Johnson: “I too am happy for our girls to be able to get back on the court. It will be interesting to see how we bounce back from so long off. We have all girls returning with a few new additions so will be interesting to see how well we can do. Our goal this year, like every year will be to get to another National Championship!”
Good luck to our academy teams this season, and all the new recruits that are settling in! If you have any questions or would like to join and be a part of the Wolfpack please email firstname.lastname@example.org