St Paul's College see Basketball Academy success with NBL1 coach
One of the driving forces of St Paul’s Basketball Academy success is Academy Head Coach and former St Paul’s old boy Scott Duchatel, a former NBL 1 level equivalent athlete and current NBL 1 coach. In addition to his elite experience Scott also has experience coaching at all levels of the game.
The St Paul's Basketball Development Academy aims to provide opportunities to participate in basketball, receive individual skill development and provide pathway programs for St Paul's students at all levels of the game.
St Paul’s are passionate about developing their basketball program with primary aims centred around growing the community and supporting each individual to be better than they were the day before, on and off the court.
Current St Paul’s Co-curricular Programs Coordinator Mr Adam Malcolm has received extremely positive feedback from across the NSW Basketball community (MWBA, referees, representative coaches, opposition coaches/parents) around the noticeable improvement of his students’ game skill sets. He also stated that equally as important “we have received a few comments about the respect and fairness of our students in the competition, so we hold that as a fantastic outcome and success in and of itself. Another area that we were focused on and have seen develop is the comradery between students in the program (across year groups) and hence the positive social and school spirit impact it is having”
The program runs as follows -
- Junior Academy (Years 7, 8 and 9) each Tuesday afternoon, from 3:30pm - 5:00pm in The Waterford Hall
- Senior Academy (Years 10, 11 and 12) each Wednesday afternoon, from 3:30pm - 5:00pm in The Waterford Hall
As St Pauls transition to a co-educational college from 2025 it is anticipated that this program will expand to offer similar opportunities to its female students. Recently members of the St Mary's Primary School girls' basketball team were invited to participate in a morning with the St Pauls Academy and all students had a fun and positive experience.