HTS Storm Basketball Academy

HTS Storm Basketball Academy, based at Holy Trinity School in Crawley, is a tailor made elite basketball academy programme for boys and girls from Sussex, the South East and beyond – delivered in conjunction with Storm Basketball Club.

Holy Trinity School and Storm Basketball Club have a very close relationship, with the Basketball Academy Coaching Team of Daniel Hildreth, Karl Youngman, Barney Blake & Alexis Lewis all also coaching at Storm Basketball Club. 

The provision on offer at HTS Storm Basketball Academy is unmatched across the county and the region – with individual skill development sessions, team practices, strength & conditioning with Train2Perform, sports psychology & video analysis sessions; all tailored around a full Sixth Form academic timetable to provide a comprehensive student-athlete experience. 

With multiple high level coaches operating within the academy programme, we are able to go over and above to offer the contact time you need to develop your game; while the level of our dedicated and experienced coaches is also second to none. 

Coach Daniel Hildreth is a former professional basketball player who has Head Coached in NBL Division One, and led our National League programme to multiple national titles, including most recently a Cup & Playoff double with the Sussex Storm U16 Boys in 2018/19. 

Coach Karl Youngman has coached at two NBL Final Fours and won 10 National Schools titles over the past 10 years, and now focuses on growing Storm Basketball Club from the ground up – to having 300+ members and 1100+ weekly participants. 

Meanwhile, both Coach Barney Blake and Coach Alexis Lewis have extensive knowledge and experience in the Talent Pathway, with Coach Blake having coached the North West and South East Regions, while also having worked as a Performance Analyst with the England Senior Men and coached England & Great Britain Junior Girls teams at the European Championships. Coach Lewis is the most recent addition to the programme, having previously coached the London Region, while he has been on the England National Team coaching staff for the past four years – he will be utilising a background in mentoring & sports psychology to provide holistic support for our student-athletes, on & off the court. 

HTS Storm Basketball Academy is also partnered with Train2Perform, a professional strength & conditioning organisation led by Liam Mitchell and Paul Walshe. Liam currently works with British Sailing & British Rugby, preparing their athletes for World Championships and Olympics, while his basketball connections include a number of years leading on the physical profiling at Deng Camp UK, and a current role supporting local BBL franchise Surrey Scorchers.

Check out the video below to get a glimpse of the strength & conditioning programme here at HTS Storm:

As an Academy Coaching Team, we are fully aware that prospective students are entering a vital time in their education. We fully believe in the student-athlete ethos that exists at HTS Storm Basketball Academy – an environment which will give all that you require to prepare you for Higher Education.

To get an idea about the academic options that exist alongside the Basketball Academy at Holy Trinity School, please see below a link to the curricular information on the school website, regarding the courses offered in the Sixth Form: https://www.holytrinity.w-sussex.sch.uk/6th-Form-Prospectus-Curriculum-Information/

If you are interested in coming to take a look at HTS Storm Basketball Academy, check out the videos below of our recent taster day and individual visits:

If you have any questions regarding HTS Storm Basketball Academy, please email: basketball@holytrinitycrawley.org.uk