Auckland Dream introduced the Dream Academy in 2019 as a year round development program that caters to female basketballers in the U15/U17/U19 age groups. The purpose of the Academy is to provide a basketball development program that prepares the athletes for competition at the representative and national level, while also espousing the enjoyment factors that will encourage these players to stay in the game long term.
The Academy sessions are led by Auckland Dream head coach and Tall Ferns assistant Aik Ho, along with other Dream coaches Tania Hunter and Ollie Bryce.
While the on-court training is heavily weighted towards skill development, the Academy athletes are also taught the importance of looking after the off-court areas including injury management, strength & conditioning, academics etc. Dream Academy members must embrace the Dream culture and values that are an integral part of the Auckland Dream women's program. It is hoped that the Academy athletes will grow into strong leaders both within their sport and in their wider lives.
In 2020, the Academy members will undergo physical testing with Dream head trainer Jaron Kung, be introduced to a stretching and flexibility program from Dream physiotherapist Katie Winchester, undergo Drug Free Sport education, and learn about the US college pathways.
Another great part of the Academy program is that the members get the opportunity to train alongside, and learn from, the Auckland Dream NBL players.
Academy sessions are currently run at Epsom Girls Grammar School on Tuesday evenings. If you would like to learn more about the Dream Academy, please contact Auckland Dream GM, Bevan Murray (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).