Stoke-On-Trent College Men’s Basketball Team were crowned champions at this year’s AoC Sports National Championships.
The National Championships were played over a grueling 3 days and saw Stoke go undefeated throughout, playing against colleges from across the country before defeating New City College Hackney in the final by a score of 29-18.
Head Basketball Coach Shawn Jamison had this to say: “As a team we had a great weekend. We played well on court and bonded well as a team off court. This is a great combination for success and it has been a privilege to coach a great group of guys. We would like to say thank you to the families and staff that came to Nottingham to support the team.”
This national championship win is all the more astonishing when you consider that Stoke on Trent College only started its basketball academy as part of the new Institute of Sports Performance 2 years ago. The team performed extremely well in their first year and this year stepped up a further gear, playing in higher leagues and competing with the best. colleges in the country.
The AoC National Championship win is not the only accolade that the team have achieved this year. Below are a list of all the achievements of Stoke-on-Trent College Men’s Basketball Team for 2017-18 academic year;
West Midlands Regional Champions
ABL Northern Conference Champions
ABL Finals Runner-ups
AOC Sport National Championship Winners 2018
Basketball is only one of the Institute of Sports Performance’s elite sports. The College also runs Futsal academies with Stoke City FC and Port Vale FC Foundation Trust, a ladies football academy with Port Vale and a men’s football academy.
Netball is an area of growing interest and having secured a partnership with Wasps Netball, the College will become a key player through its new recruits in this sport next year.
All in all, it means that the city of Stoke-on-Trent, through the College, is fast becoming the region’s sports powerhouse for students, with plans to continually develop new academies to meet the needs of young people across the region.