Founded in 1922, Barking Abbey was one of the first co-educational grammar schools in England. At the time, it was situated in a largely rural area, with fields and farmland close by.
In 1970, Barking Abbey Grammar School was merged with Park Modern School to form what has now become ‘Barking Abbey School: A Specialist Sports and Humanities College’.
On the back of a highly successful football program, the Basketball Academy was established in 2005, giving the opportunity for talented basketball players to work everyday with high quality coaches in an elite development environment, while also attending an educational institution of high academic standards.
The major ambition of the academy is to test itself against he best teams junior teams in the world whilst preparing players for professional basketball careers. Barking Abbey has participated against competition unmatched by any other program in the UK, hosting the Nike Junior Euroleague Invitational Tournament as well as playing in the Sabonis Cup in Lithuania, Sarajevo Youth Basketball Tournament in Bosnia and in the City of Palms Classic, Chic-Fil-a classic and Basketbull Hoopfest in the USA.
Barking Abbey is a mixed school of approximately 2,000 pupils. It is traditionally heavily oversubscribed and each year takes 270 new pupils. With a large Sixth Form of over 600 students the school offers a large range of AS, A2 and BTEC courses to our 16-19 year olds.
The mission of the basketball academy is to provide a situation similar to that found on mainland Europe and in the United States where basketball is scheduled throughout the day around academic qualifications.
Barking Abbey Basketball Academy is committed to providing a high performance program. The school currently has three indoor basketball facilities, four full size FIBA dimension courts and one smaller gym used for small group workouts. The main court was a practice venue for the 2012 London Olympic Games .
Additional to this, we have a dedicated strength and conditioning area, with free weights and Olympic lifting platforms and a physiotherapy suite managed by our dedicated strength and conditioning and our full time physiotherapist
There are currently four full time basketball coaches, one full time physiotherapist and a dedicated strength and conditioning staff. Additionally we have three volunteer coaches who provide day to day support, to round out a staff roster of nine.
No less than five of our coaches have National Team experience, with a former Head Coach of GB Senior Women’s team, along with assistants from U23, U20, U18 and U16 levels. There is also professional and international coaching camps experience, such as Nike Basketball Without Borders, and a number of Coach of the Year honours between the staff.