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Nottingham Academy Wildcats

The Nottingham Academy shares a particularly close working relationship with the Nottingham Wildcats. 

The Nottingham Wildcats is a Professional Basketball Club that has been in existence for 40 Years. Based at the Nottingham Wildcats Arena, it is the home of Basketball to nearly 100 boys and girls from the age of 5 all the way through to seniors. It is a place where people can come to enjoy basketball on a social level but also provides a framework for players who want to take basketball more seriously and succeed at the elite level. It also boasts the most successful professional women’s team in the country since the inception of the Women’s British Basketball League. 

The Nottingham Academy’s relationship with the Nottingham Wildcats is rooted in the Wildcats’ new basketball academy that began at the Academy this September. The basketball academy is named the Nottingham Academy Wildcats and it works with all children in the Nottingham Academy. 

The structure consists of three main strands, Participate, Develop and Perform.  

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Participate is the entry point for your child into the Nottingham Academy Wildcats provision. It is where your child learns to love the game and have fun playing with their friends. Participate begins in Year 7 and is the predominant program for children in Years 7 and 8. However, there is a Participate option for players all the way through the Academy, until Year 11.

In the Participate Programme, practice sessions happen at lunchtime and are 30-40 minutes long. 

Participate also covers some PE Curriculum Sessions.

Games are played between other city schools.


Develop is the next stage of the Nottingham Academy Wildcats Programme. It is a more intensive training programme that is upon invitation only. If your child is identified as gifted and talented by the staff at Nottingham Academy Wildcats, they can be invited to the Develop Programme training sessions.

The idea of the development training is to enhance the technical, tactical and physical skills of each player who is chosen to attend. Training consists of three after school sessions of one hour and a half.

Games are played between other city schools but there are also opportunities to play national fixtures.

Develop typically begins in Years 9,10 and 11. However, sometimes there are stand-out players who can be identified and invited as young as Year 7.

Director of the Academy Wildcats, Siobhán Prior, leads the Develop Programme. Siobhan is also a GB and England senior women’s player having represented Team England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia where she won a silver medal with the team.


Perform is the most intensive programme in the Nottingham Academy Wildcats. It is a full-time basketball programme that runs alongside the Student’s academic programme of either B-Tech or A-Levels. 

The Perform programme provides 10 hours of provision a week for each Student-Athlete. 

This provision consists of:

  • Individual Skills Session
  • Team Practice
  • Study Hall (Academic Mentoring)
  • Strength and Conditioning Sessions
  • Film Analysis


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Director of Academy Wildcats & Develop Progamme Lead

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Participate Programme Lead

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Perform Programme Lead