WHO WE ARE

WAYNE MARTIN

Founder, Managing Director

& Head Coach

U14 CVL Head Coach

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

Having a 9 year old son, 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 recently Head of PE at an outstanding secondary school in West London. He's coached nearly 500 basketball matches for club and school teams from U10s to U19s, where his basketball coaching has lead to his teams reaching the last eight of the National Championships. Players have also reached County and Regional standard through Wayne's exceptional coaching. 

Wayne is also a qualified Track and Field Coach and as an athlete, represented Great Britain as a Senior over 400m, also winning the BUSA Indoor Championships for 400m. 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 coaches in the country has given him a desire to win and a coaching style to the very best out of his players.

Wayne has led successful basketball tours of the US, Italy, Spain and Canada and will be taking two Spartans teams to San Francisco during Easter 2020. Wayne ultimately wants children to play basketball, have fun, make new friends and reach their true potential! His favourite players are LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

PHIL GUNNER

U16 CVL Coach

Phil has coached in various capacities in Surrey for over twenty years. His experience ranges from coaching teams of all ages and abilities with huge success and is currently Head Coach of Kingston Royals who were undefeated in the Surrey CVL this season. As a senior mens' coach for Kingston Wildcats he has lead 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.

ADAM WINTER

U12 CVL Coach

Possessing 14 years of playing experience Adam has represented various clubs from Solent Kestrels to London Westside at National level, and is still actively playing for numerous clubs. In the past few years Adam has entered into the Fiba 3x3 tournament where he’s been ranked within the top 30 players in the UK every year.

 

In 2013 Adam started out as a lone coach for an U20’s team at Fareham College coming 3rd that season in the HCSA league. Since then Adam has been passing down his basketball expertise to the younger generations developing players at varying age groups and abilities. Until recently Adam was the Head of the u14’s programme at Kingston School of Basketball with a heavy emphasis on teamwork, making reads on the offensive end of the floor to ensure his players cut and space to maximise their scoring potential. 

 

Adam is an avid Toronto Raptors supporter, his favourite basketball players include Vince Carter and Kawhi Leonard.

DAN SHERLOCK

Open Sessions & Camps Coach

Whilst currently studying Sports Science (coaching) at Kingston University, 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 been coaching with Grey Court school and more recently Spartans Basketball Academy. Dan's talents include coaching Year 7 to Year 11 boys and girls teams, working with a variety of skill levels, working with CVL & National League players all the way down to beginners who have just picked up the sport. He has recently 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.

CARA ALLAN

Open Sessions & Camps Coach

Cara is 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! 

 

The Kingston Academy, Tiffin Sports Centre, The Holy Cross School & The German School

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