Playground East is perfectly set up for basketball fields, says Team 2 Hoop founder Josh Williams.
Williams has collaborated with Sports Camps Canada to offer the Nike Basketball Camp at the new basketball facility in the former SPIplex sports dome just south of Fowlers Corners.
With the province in a COVID-19 emergency blockade for most of this year, Time 2 Hoop has been the only real user to enter the facility for some clinics since renovations were completed in December.
With three NBA-sized courts, shooting machines and audiovisual conference rooms, it’s ideal for campgrounds, especially during the COVID era, when space is needed for physical detachment.
“We’re hoping to get all of our people out of basketball and finally play ball, because it’s been a while since we’ve been able to play basketball, especially indoors,” said Williams, assistant coach of the Fleming Knights men’s basketball team and a former student, as well. as a head coach in the Peterborough Power Representatives program. ”
He placed 120 players from kindergarten through 12th grade into clinics at The Playground East for a period of six weeks before the last blockade.
“It’s amazing. I’ve lived in Peterborough for a decade and we usually rented schools or had Fleming, Trent or the YMCA if you wanted to play basketball, but you knew there was other stuff going on back then and it wasn’t a real basketball facility,” Williams said. .
“The Playground is specifically dedicated to basketball. It has that basketball presence as soon as you walk in with the murals it provides from the best players in the world.
“The facility is huge, with three full-size courts that allow multiple people to use the gym. State-of-the-art shooting machines are a real game changer for people looking to take their game to the next level.
“We needed another place to play basketball because there aren’t enough places for everyone who wants to use gyms for activities other than basketball.”
There will be four types of camps offered this summer, including a four-week mixed youth series, a three-week boys’ showcase, and a two-week girls’ showcase.
The youth series starting July 1 is for boys and girls ages 5-12. It will expose children to basketball in a fun environment with developed fundamental skills and modified play. Full-day camps run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at a cost of $335 per week.
The Boys Show is for players aged 13 to 18 years. It is further skill development and includes conditioning training and film work. The same for the female window, also for ages 13 to 18 years old. They are also open from 9am to 4pm. daily at a cost of $355 per week.
“It’s for players looking to hone their skills and get into post-secondary basketball. These fields will really help players reach the next level,” said Williams.
Each session will be limited to 25 players, who will be divided into groups based on their skill level. Having three courts and access to all facilities will allow them to keep players physically away within COVID’s health and safety protocols, Williams said.
“We don’t want to make it too big and complicated in terms of staff and proportions just because of the times we live in. We want to provide programs but still keep them safe,” he said.
Instructors include former Canadian pro and national team captain Jesse Young, Raptors 905 official Jose Garcia Perez, local player Jon Parsons, former Fleming player Mkone Stone and Williams.
Registration includes a Nike shirt, access to shooting machines, daily prizes, and coaches and guest speakers.
To register visit bit.ly/3xhAWZv