WHO WE ARE +

WHAT WE STAND FOR 

Spartans Basketball Academy is a fun and 'All Inclusive' Basketball Academy in Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Richmond, Epsom and Elmbridge, Surrey providing an outstanding sporting outlet for girls and boys of ALL abilities in School Years 1-13. We compete in the National League, Surrey League and have Spartans Club Tournaments for U6-U18s. We also oach boys and girls who are involved in the Basketball England Aspire Programme for the South East Region. 

DEVELOPING SKILL - IMPROVING CONFIDENCE - ENCOURAGING TEAMWORK

Spartans Basketball Academy was founded in 2016 by GB International Track & Field Athlete, Head of PE 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. While some clubs only focus on winning, we also focus on providing opportunities for children of all abilities to play basketball. It's not just about winning, its about dealing with loss, coming back stronger and being a role model to your peers!

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The Leading Basketball Academy for children in Kingston and Epsom

OUTSTANDING COACHING FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

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CARA ALLAN

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! 

 

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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 former Head of PE. He's coached over 500 basketball Games for various clubs and school teams from U6s to U19s, where his basketball coaching has led to his teams reaching the last eight of the National Championships. His players have reached Regional standard  and beyond as well as achieving scholarships in the U.S

Wayne is a Qualified Track & Field Coach and as an athlete, represented Great Britain as a Senior 400m athlete on a number of occasions, also winning the BUSA (BUCS) 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 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 and taken numerous teams to the US, Canada, Italy and Spain. 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.

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PHIL GUNNER

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.

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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MEGAN HAINES

Coach

Megan has played basketball since the age of 9 years old and is currently studying Sports Therapy at the University of Essex. Megan has travelled the world playing basketball in Ireland, U.S. for 18 months for the University of Charleston and Ohio and Shawnee State University, Denmark and France. Megan has played for England U15s and Great Britain U18s and is currently playing for Essex Rebels.

Megan is not only an exceptional talent, she brings knowledge and experience to the court whilst coaching. Megan is extremely competitive, strives for greatness and loves seeing people invested and willing to listen and improve. Megan expects all of her players to give 100% effort, listen, and ensures her players have fun whilst playing basketball. Megan's favourite players are Derrick Rose and Issiah Thomas. As a Point Guard, Megan shares the same attributes as them including her high Basketball IQ which she passes on to all of the players she coaches.

 

“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

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ANDREW TROVALUSCI

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.

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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. 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.

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.

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