WHO WE ARE +

WHAT WE STAND FOR 

Spartans Basketball Academy is a fun and 'All Inclusive' Basketball Academy in Kingston upon Thames, Merton and Elmbridge Surrey, providing an outstanding sporting outlet for girls and boys of ALL abilities in School Years 2-11. 

DEVELOPING SKILL - IMPROVING CONFIDENCE - ENCOURAGING TEAMWORK

Spartans Basketball Academy was founded in 2016 by Head of PE, Former GB International Athlete and Basketball England All Girls Ambassador, Wayne Martin. 

 

We teach and empower children to conduct themselves with dignity and integrity, to persevere through adversity and compete with pride while developing a commitment to teamwork, our Academy and their community

 

At Spartans we deliver fun, active and constructive coaching sessions that focus on children developing their skill, improving their confidence and encouraging teamwork where every child feels valued. During Lockdown our sessions were online so that children were able to maintain their fitness levels and mental wellbeing.

The Premier Basketball Academy for children in Kingston

OUTSTANDING COACHING FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

WAYNE MARTIN

Founder, Managing Director

Spartans Basketball Academy was created in 2016 with a simple vision of creating fun, active and constructive coaching sessions that focus on player development.

Having a 9 year old son at the time, Wayne wanted to create a club where his son would not only thrive from the social and confidence boosting effects a team sport offers, but where he would receive specific and constructive coaching to make him a better player. Improving skill, strategic thinking, ball handling and coordination in a fun and encouraging environment is what Wayne hopes to achieve for all children who attend Spartans Basketball Academy.

Good coaching is the key to understanding and nurturing talent within any sport. Wayne is a Qualified Teacher and was Head of PE and Head of Year 7 at an outstanding Grammar School in West London. He's coached over 500 basketball Games for various clubs and school teams from U10s to U19s, where his basketball coaching has led to his school teams reaching the last eight of the National Championships. His players have also reached County and Regional standard through Wayne's exceptional coaching as well as achieving scholarships in the U.S

Wayne is also a Qualified Track & Field Coach and as an athlete, represented Great Britain as a Senior 400m athlete, also winning the BUSA Championships for 400m and 4x200m. Wayne has a vast experience and knowledge of training and competing at the highest level and wants to pass this knowledge on to children through this wonderful game of basketball! His many years of training alongside Olympic Champions and being trained by the best Track and Field coaches in the country has given him a desire to win and a coaching style to get the very best out of his players.

Wayne has led successful basketball tours of the US, Canada, Italy and Spain and will be taking two Spartans teams to San Francisco after the Pandemic. Wayne ultimately wants children to play basketball, have fun, make new friends and reach their true potential! His favourite basketball players are LeBron James and the late Kobe Bryant. His sporting heroes include Daley Thompson, Sir Steve Redgrave and Tommie Smith.

PHIL GUNNER

Head Coach

Phil has coached in various capacities in Surrey for over twenty five years. His experience ranges from coaching teams of all ages and abilities with huge success and was Head Coach of Kingston Royals who were undefeated in the Surrey CVL during their final season. As a senior mens' coach for Kingston Wildcats he has led his team to no fewer than four National Cup Finals, a phenomenal achievement! 

 

Phil has been an exceptional coach for various schools and has helped some of the school teams reach the quarter finals of the National Schools Competition. His extensive knowledge of basketball and enthusiastic coaching style motivates his players, and so many beginners have gone on to be exceptional leading players for their school, club, county & region. His favourite basketball players are Charles Barkley and Chris Mullin.

LUKE DOWDING

Head Coach

In 13 years of basketball Luke played for multiple clubs at National League and University level. Over the years he has utilized the offseason to build his coaching side and to compete in FIBA 3x3 basketball with his squad reaching the National Finals every year and achieving individual national rankings as high as the Top 30.

 

Coming into his sixth year of National League level coaching Luke now sets his sights on building on the Spartans great foundations and helping players move to the National League level. In previous years he has coached U14NL, U16NL and last season was Head of the U16 and U18 National League programme at Kingston Wildcats under Coach Marvin. In his spare time Coach Luke individually trains a carefully chosen clientele with multiple high level athletes who have gone on to play EABL, BUCS, D1 National League, WBBL and American high school basketball. Luke constantly strives to improve his coaching knowledge by attending NBA coaching clinics and learning from some of the best in the industry both domestic and international. 

 

Although a Clippers fan, Luke mostly watches NCAA and European Basketball which is reflected in his current favorite player to study in Luka Doncic.

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ANDREW TROVALUSCI

Head Coach

Andrew has played and coached at various levels in his 36 year basketball career, including playing National League for Kingston U18 (in the 80’s) and Bournemouth Bears Mens in National League Division 2. Andrew also represented the Royal Navy and Royal Marines whilst serving straight out of school in the 90’s. He used to be a fast break specialist but now can be found barely jogging in pick-up games to help keep him fit. He has also played Rugby and Football in his past and has coached various local teams having gained youth coaching qualifications in both Sports.

 

Andrew’s passion is basketball and he was an Assistant Coach for U16’s last season at Richmond Knights. One of his two sons is also keen on basketball and after many years growing up, at 15, is now able to beat his Dad on a one-on-one game.

The style of coaching Andrew adopts is to get the best out of individual players through hard work, dedication and discipline which can then be used at the Team level. The aim is always to come off the court saying, “we did everything we could!”.

 

Andrew is from the Michael Jordan era and he is his favourite player but is closely followed by Larry Bird.

DAN SHERLOCK

Coach

Dan has a vast knowledge of playing and coaching at various levels from Primary and  Secondary School, Sixth form/College, London Youth Games and University level basketball. In 2014, after suffering a serious knee injury Dan started to focus on his coaching career and since then has coached at Grey Court School and Spartans Basketball Academy since 2019. Dan's talents include coaching Year 7 to Year 11 boys and girls teams, working with a variety of skill levels, CVL & National League players to beginners. Having coached the Grey Court U12 team to become Borough Champions! Dan also works with each individual player to motivate and encourage teamwork and skill development no matter what their starting skill level may be. His favourite basketball players are Paul George and Kevin Durant.

OUTSTANDING COACHES WANTED!

We are looking for more OUTSTANDING COACHES to join our ever growing Basketball Academy. We want coaches of all levels to GRAFT, MOTIVATE, INSPIRE, CHALLENGE and CHAMPION our young players.

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ZAYD AZIZ

Coach

Zayd has been playing basketball since the age of 11

and has a huge commitment to the game and a vast basketball IQ from playing on a number of successful teams. During his time at School, he was a member of one of their most successful teams, winning the Surrey Cup and Surrey League 3 times.

 

His commitment to basketball extended outside of school to the undefeated U16 Kingston Royals in their last CVL season as well as the U18 London Warriors who came 3rd in their National League Conference before being COVID hit. Zayd also represented Kingston Borough in the London Youth Games in 2018 and has also been on a basketball tour to Atlanta in 2015.

 

Zayd has been with the Academy since its inception

and has been a popular volunteer coach over the last

4 years. He has successfully coached different tournaments and games for both the Academy and his school with each team game that he led finishing undefeated. Zayd’s primary focus when playing is defence and he likes to play

fast paced basketball.

 

His aim is to try to get the best out of the players and keep them as fit as possible. A big ethos for Zayd when coaching is respect and discipline and he coaches expecting players to give it their all. As you can see Zayd has a large expertise in the game having worked under and with both Coach Wayne and Coach Phil as well as international coaches. He brings wisdom to the Academy from when he was their student to now being able to hold his own as an independent Level 2 Qualified Coach.

 

Zayd's favorite players are Derrick Rose and Joel Embiid,

he enjoys the footwork, IQ and rapid changes of speed displayed by both players. He also enjoys many other

sports namely squash and athletics.

CARA ALLEN

Coach

Cara was on a Sports Scholarship to play basketball in the BUCS Premier League while studying Diagnostic Radiography at London Southbank University. Cara started playing basketball at 4 years old and has played all levels of basketball from CVL to representing South East Region four times in regional tournaments. She has captained the regional team twice! 

Cara has played National League since the age of 10 years old and won a national title at U14 National League level which is a tremendous achievement.

A bad shoulder injury at 15 years old resulted in multiple shoulder surgeries and more of a focus on coaching and officiating rather than playing. Cara started coaching as a Surrey Girls' U13s coach and then became Head Coach for Surrey Girls' U13s. For the last two years as Head Coach she has been unbeaten! 

 

“Our mission is to MAKE A DIFFERENCE. To provide a space where ALL CHILDREN in the local community can have access to the wonderful game of BASKETBALL, make new FRIENDS and be ACTIVE.WAYNE, SPARTANS FOUNDER