Week 2 July 2019 School Holiday Camp Wrap Up
Week 2 of Regional Academy’s July 2019 School Holiday Camps was set to be the biggest in the history of the Regional Academy.
Monday morning saw over 30 athletes from across the Peninsula take part in a Strength and Conditioning Camp with the Frankston Blues Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, Jay Ellis. Jay was assisted by US import Najeal Young who is a qualified Personal Trainer and is passionate about fitness and athletic performance. The athletes were put through a range of basic body weight strength exercises, plyometric and sprinting as well as technique for landing and changing direction. Jay and Najeal also educated the parents as well as the participants on some basic nutrition for high performance as well as rest and recovery protocols.
In the afternoon Najeal led the Post Play Camp which was again well attended by representative players from all over the Peninsula. The camp focused on foot work, finishing around the basket, high/low post offence and defence as well as passing. Najeal is an extremely high IQ player and was impressed with the skill level of all the participants. “Some of these kids are showing they can complete drills well beyond their age” said Young. “It was really impressive to see so many kids do both camps as well, these kids clearly want to get better”.
From Tuesday to Thursday the stadium was once again flooded with over 200 kids attending our Slam Dunk Holiday Camp. These camps have become a staple of any young basketballers School Holidays as the camps combine some skills training with fun games and some match simulation to finish each day. The kids also enjoyed lunch orders from the canteen and some of the most iconic basketball movies over their lunch break. The Slam Dunk Camps were led by Saraid Taylor, Abby Chernishoff and Liam Doyle-Toombs. These three young players/coaches continue to raise the bar with the level of engagement they provide and the energy they bring to each session. These three were assisted by our US imports and local NBL1 talent which gave many of the camp attendees a chance to mingle with their favourite players.
The final day of our camps saw 20+ first time basketballers attend our second Aussie Hoops Holiday Camp of the holidays. 16 were first time participants in a Regional Academy program and for many of them it was their first experience playing basketball. FDBA Programs Coordinator; Jarryd Moss once again heaped praise on the players/coaches for their efforts over the 2 weeks, “I’d like to thank all the coaches for their effort over these 2 weeks, great coaches and great role models for the next generation of kids”, “Having our senior players buy in to these camps and our grassroots pathway sets the culture for our association”, “It’s extremely important that these young players can see that these athletes are accessible and are willing to help them on their way with their basketball journey”.
Regional Academy would like to thank the parents for trusting us to help your kids improve their game, while enjoying basketball. The July 2019 School Holiday Camps have seen some of the highest attendance rates in Regional Academy history, and tells us we are on the right track in terms of the product we offer.