Emmanuel Catholic College introduced the Knights Basketball Specialist Program in 2023. The highly coveted Basketball Academy is offered to students in Years 7-10 who display exceptional Basketball skills and a keen interest in the sport.
The Knights Academy Program is based around a mixture of practical and theoretical units, extending students in the development of their skills and tactics. The Program provides players with the opportunity to grow as students within the College community and as young people.
The program offers students the opportunity to succeed in the following:
Over the course of the Program, students are involved in numerous camps and incursions/excursions, providing quality game opportunities with other schools, coaching opportunities within the community, and guest speakers from industry professionals.
The sporting facilities at Emmanuel Catholic College are exceptional. The Sporting and Performing Arts Centre contains a gymnasium, which is commonly used for fitness testing and skills sessions.
A weights and conditioning room dedicated to players allows for the introduction and completion of strength and conditioning programs. The state of the art equipment is designed specifically to develop attributes related to Basketball such as increasing strength, power, speed and aiding injury prevention.
The Basketball Academy will be taught by staff with a range of basketball experience. Practical sessions will be run in conjunction with Ricky Grace, founder of Grace Basketball. Grace Basketball has already run after school program at Emmanuel, which focus on fundamental skill development and game play. Ricky brings an unmatched level of experience and expertise, being a 4x NBL Champion with the Perth Wildcats and playing for the Australian Boomers. Ricky’s playing and coaching experience will provide students with an elite level of coaching and enable the greatest opportunity to develop their skills.