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College jump shots partnership with Cheshire Phoenix
Published: August 25, 2017

South Cheshire College is delighted to announce a new partnership with Cheshire Phoenix, a professional basketball team based in Ellesmere Port.


Cheshire Phoenix, also known as ‘The ‘Nix’ is a successful club, supporting activity off the court as much as they do on the court. The club works with the community striving to get young people active, interested in basketball and embracing healthy living.


This newly formed partnership will allow the College’s Basketball Academy to deliver a quality development programme, providing access to professional facilities, coaching and teaching practices, all reflective of the level gained at Cheshire Phoenix.


Jon Keresztury, Sports lecturer & Basketball Academy Coach at South Cheshire College said: “The Academy is designed to meet the needs of elite athletes aged between 16-19 who wish to combine academic studies with a sporting career.


“Partnering with Cheshire Phoenix is a really exciting time for us as our College players will have the opportunity to play for the club, as well as their national under 18 league team.”


Equipped with this newfound collaboration, the Basketball Academy now has the resource required to play in the Academy Basketball League (ABL). This is the second highest league for College players and will enable the team to compete at a high level. In addition to this, there is also a chance for the players to train with the professional team and even be part of the professional team’s roster for the 2017/18 season if they can raise their game.


Jon went on to say: “A student who has already grabbed this opportunity with both hands is Louis Rogerson-Evans. Louis will be playing next year, both for the College’s Basketball Academy team and Cheshire Phoenix BBL team.


“Given that Cheshire Phoenix is a well known brand, as well as a highly competitive club, players have a huge opportunity to develop, progress and play at a good level, leading to greater potential to fulfill their goals in basketball.


“Louis will gain a quality education at College together with professional coaching to set him in good stead both academically and as an athlete. This could mean progressing on to university, gaining a scholarship, or even pursuing a professional career in the sport, a unique benefit.”


Jon will be working with students in the Basketball Academy to improve their knowledge and skill of the sport, as well as supporting them through their BTEC sport qualification as course Lecturer.


James Brice, Cheshire Phoenix Coach and General Manager commented: “I’m delighted to be a part of this collaboration with South Cheshire College.


“As a club, our goals are ambitious and we strive to improve year on year, continuing to build on the solid foundations that have been placed over the past 3 years.


“The College’s Basketball Academy players will have access to our coaches, fantastic facilities which include our newly built Cheshire Oaks Arena at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, and the support and training it takes to be a successful athlete.


“We’re looking forward to be working with South Cheshire College and see the talented students go on to do great things.”


The Basketball Academy is now looking to expand its programme and is currently recruiting for September. If you are interested, please contact Jon Keresztury on 01270 654654, or email The College can also assist with accommodation broadening the catchment area for entry.


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