Harlem Globetrotter becomes new coach at Institute of Sports Performance!

Stoke on Trent College has added former Harlem Globetrotter Shawn Jamison to its coaching staff, within its new Institute of Sport. The 6 foot 8 inch Basketball Centre will join the team as Head coach from September and has already began training the students!

With over 20 years’ experience in the game of basketball, both as a coach and as a player, his career also includes NBA experience with the Los Angeles Clippers.  Shawn began his first head coaching position with the Loughborough Cougars women’s first team at Loughborough University in 2008 and went on to coach the Walsall Wizards.  In 2009 Shawn started a company called Hoop Skills delivering professional and quality coaching in communities and schools and is head coach with the Hoop Skills Stoke Basketball club.

The Stoke on Trent College Basketball Academy is flexible to the courses students study. Open to 16-19 year old male and female students, it offers a professional environment with 4 practical coaching sessions a week to fit around the college timetable.  There is also the opportunity to compete in the Association of Sport (AOC), regional leagues and cups.  Sports Massage, rehabilitation and strength and conditioning support are also available to all players.

Basketball coach Shawn Jamison said: “I’m delighted to be part of this new initiative at Stoke on Trent College. It’s all about giving back – the Globetrotters taught me that!  Seeing the smile on a youngsters face when they achieve makes all the hard work worthwhile.  We have some great players, not only in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire but across the country.  Students are travelling from as far as London to join the academy and continue their post 16 education in Stoke on Trent.”

The Institute of Sports Performance is available to every student in the college, not just sports students, and is based within the fantastic sports facilities at the college which includes:

  • Sports Therapy Rooming
  • Sports Science Laboratory
  • Fitness Suite with resistance, free weight and strength and conditioning areas
  • Full size sports hall x 2
  • Dedicated sports teaching facilities

The new Institute of Sports Performance is a core part of the college’s new commitment to being one of the top sports institutions within the region, and will be working very closely with partners such as Staffordshire Universities TEAMSTAFFS Elite programme, and the European City of Sport Team, alongside key commercial partners.

The Institute of Sports Performance has been established to ensure that all students have the opportunity to be a success in their sport, whether it is competing, volunteering, coaching or just trying to keep fit and active.

There will be a wide variety of programmes offered which are aimed at the following areas:

  • Supporting elite college athletes
  • Sports Academies and competitive inter-college sport.
  • A coach and short course education programme
  • Intra-mural sport and physical activity within the college.

New opportunities will be continually developed and many are run in conjunction with local and national partners.

Whilst at Newcastle under Lyme College (NULC), amongst other successes, Shawn won 4 regional league titles, 2 regional championships and 2 national cups.

Said Stoke on Trent College Institute of Sports Performance manager Trevor Humphreys: “I am delighted to announce that Shawn has joined the team here at Stoke on Trent College. The success he achieved with the students at Newcastle was fantastic and with the added backing of the Institute of Sports Performance at our college he will be phenomenal! We have already had students enrolling from London and north of our usual catchment area too and Shawn’s coaching and enthusiasm for the youngsters’ development is amazing to watch!”

To find out more about the Institute of Sports Performance at Stoke on Trent College visit www.stokecoll.ac.uk/support/sport-at-stoke-on-trent-college/


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