WHO WE ARE

WAYNE MARTIN

Founder, Managing Director

& 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.

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 recently Head of PE at an outstanding secondary school in West London. He's coached over 500 basketball Games for clubs and school teams from U10s to U19s, where his basketball coaching has led to his teams reaching the last eight of the National Championships. His players have also reached County and Regional teams 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 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 get 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 2021. 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.

ANDREW TROVALUSCI

U12 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.

CARA ALLAN

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! 

 

PHIL GUNNER

U16 Head 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.

LUKE DOWDING

U16 NL 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 them 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.

DAN SHERLOCK

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.

ADAM WINTER

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.

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

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