GDYNIA, September 1, 2016 – Goldhawks Basketball finished preseason preparations today, with a mixture of Surrey Goldhawks U14’s & U15’s boys participating in the club’s first preseason trip abroad. Twelve players were put through their paces over the last week by 3 members of Goldhawks staff, taking place at the Gdynia Naval Academy, in Northern Poland. The trip served as great preparation for the Surrey-based club, who are getting ready for another extremely successful season, in which a National Championship was won by Surrey’s U14 Girls team.
The preseason daily routine included mobility exercises, with a variety of yoga & pilates routines each morning, strength and conditioning work, classroom sessions and the teaching of tactical and technical basketball skills.
Having the opportunity to use world-class facilities to provide an excellent training experience to Goldhawks players, came about as a result of the club’s cooperation with Asseco Gdynia, one of Poland’s leading basketball clubs. Asseco won 9 consecutive Polish championships from 2004-12, in addition to making 9 EuroLeague appearances, capped off by a Quarter Final run in 2010.
Alex Sarama, Managing Director of Goldhawks, extended his thanks to the Asseco staff: “Having the opportunity to bring our youth players to Poland for their preseason has been an invaluable experience. We are extremely grateful to Asseco for their assistance in organizing all elements of the camp. We look forward to working with them for future events.”
Surrey Goldhawks concluded the trip with an 82-42 victory over Asseco Gdynia U15’s, and a thrilling 75-72 victory against Asseco Gdynia U16’s.
GUILDFORD, August 5, 2016 – Goldhawks Basketball were delighted to welcome Coach Rich Czeslawski, from Crystal Lake, Illinois, to the UK for the first time. Coach Czes delivered the Goldhawks Read and React summer camp, to over 40 campers at ACS Egham.
Coach Czes has been the Boys’ Varsity Head Coach at Crystal Lake Central High School, Illinois, for the past 10 years. In addition to his role at Better Basketball, Rich has recently been appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Pure Sweat Basketball, working with leading NBA Skills Consultant, Drew Hanlen. Rich also works with other leading organisations such as Stronger Team and Lead em’ Up, under the banner of his new company, ‘Basketball Worldwide.’
Better Basketball is regarded as one of the world’s best resources for players and coaches at all levels, with the Read and React offence being used by thousands of coaches throughout the world. Coach Czes is a regular speaker at the PGC/Glazier Coaching Clinics and is heavily involved in USA Youth Basketball, both as a USA Youth clinician, and as a contributor to the new USA Basketball curriculum.
Coach Czes delivered afternoon sessions every day at camp, with the morning consisting of Read & React related skill work delivered by Goldhawks coaches. Campers progressed through the layers of the Read and React offence throughout the week.
Speaking of the camp, Coach Czes said: “I am so honored to be working with a dedicated, forward-thinking organisation like the Goldhawks. Their inspiring vision, passion for the game and commitment to their players is awe inspiring.” Goldhawks Basketball look forward to working with Coach Czes again in the future!
Goldhawks educate thousands of young people about the dangers of Railway misuse.
Goldhawks Basketball have been working closely with Network Rail and Manchester based company, PDF Sports LTD, to deliver vital safety education to children across Guildford, as part of the Tackling Track Safety Project. Three primary schools (St Thomas of Canterbury, Boxgrove Primary and Bushy Hill) and one secondary school (George Abbot) were involved in the project.
The Tackling Track Safety Project was devised as an effective and fun way of delivering the important Rail Safety messages to children across the country by incorporating them into a sporting environment. The project consists of a Key Stage 2, 3 & 4 assembly which outlines the dangers of the railway and ways to ensure safety, followed by 5 activity sessions for children in year 5 which focus on the key messages about the Railway. The KS2 children all receive a Tackling Track Safety work booklet and over the duration of the project they are able to show what they have learnt during the activity sessions by answering multiple choice questions in their booklet.
The clubs delivery of the Tackling Track Safety Project will have seen over 2,000 young people engage with the project upon its completion.
Philip Fitton, Tackling Track Safety Project Director, spoke of the project:
“The TTSP is a wonderful project and this year over 50,000 young people nationally will be educated about the dangers of the Railway in a fun and engaging environment.
We have been extremely impressed with the staff at the club and they have shown a real passion for what is a massively important topic.
We are excited about this partnership with Goldhawks Basketball, one which will have a significant impact on the lives of the local and wider community.”
Children at Boxgrove Primary enjoying their Rail Life session
Goldhawks Basketball would like to extend their thanks to Network Rail and PDF Sports for the opportunity to deliver such an exciting project!
Goldhawks were delighted to return from a two day trip to Antwerp, taking part in Belgium’s largest basketball event – Belgium Got Game. Organised by Elite Athletes, the one day tournament was a showcase of some of the top players in the Benelux, with players such as Domien Loubry (Assist leader of the Belgian Premier League) on hand to provide an entertaining showcase.
A young and dynamic Goldhawks roster took to the floor featuring players such as; Jamell Anderson, recently included in the BBL All-Defensive Team of the Year, fellow Leicester Rider Raheem May Thompson, former GB U20 Joe Hart, the sharpshooting Louis Sayers and Matthew Ward Hibbert – a recent Minot State University graduate.
The complete Surrey Goldhawks roster
The roster was rounded off with a trio of talented seventeen year old Goldhawks players, studying at RES. Will Hur, a 6ft 10 and England U17 Centre, George Paisley a 6ft 2 Guard, and Sahid Wallace Kargbo, a 6ft 3 wing, benefitted from the experience.
Surrey Goldhawks won three games, and lost one – reaching the semi-finals before losing to eventual winners, Team Bouncewear from the Netherlands. A massive thank you to Elite Athletes for the invitation!
The Belgium Got Game showcourt, located in Antwerp