Evening Information Session
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Sentinel Secondary
General Academy & Academic Overview 5:30-6:00 pm | Library
Basketball Info 6:00-7:00 pm | Room 323

To attend the Evening Information Session, please complete the Student Information Form.

Program Highlights

  • Yearly Program Cost –$1600.00. These fees have been calculated to cover the costs of the program including: Coaching staff, facility rental, group fitness training, equipment considerations, Basketball BC membership, and player uniform package.
  • Coaches: Shaun McGuinness, Greg Meldrum, and Jordan Alassadi will continue to lead our RTC and Academy programs in 2017-18
  • Calendar: 100 hours of training which includes weekday classes from 1:30-3:00pm and some weekends (Saturdays in Fall and Spring) There will be decreased hours during the School Basketball Season
  • Course Credit: Students are eligible to receive PE credit (4hours) at their grade level for successful completion of the class.  The design of our program is such that students meet the criteria for eligibility to play sports for their home school team, as set out by BC School Sports.
  • Cohorts: For 2017 – 2018 we expect to have 4 cohorts. Two boys RTC cohorts, one girls RTC cohorts, and one WVSD Academy. Academies are determined at tryouts in April. You can read more about the RTC and Development Academies below.
  • Facilities: RTC programs will be based out of West Vancouver Secondary School and our Academy program will continue to be based out of the West Vancouver Rec Centre.
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June 2017 update

Dear Parents and Athletes,

Congratulations and thank you for being a part of our 2016-17 Premier Basketball Academy Programs in West Vancouver.  On daily basis I have the opportunity to watch dedicated and enthusiastic athletes train alongside personable, professional and committed teacher-coaches.  Together they not only develop skills but learn the value of hard work to achieve individual and shared goals in a cooperative, competitive environment.   Your child’s development is due in large part to the exceptional work of Head Coaches Jordan Al-Assadi, Greg Meldrum, and Shaun McGuinness along with guest coaches Kaitlyn Burke and Ryan Lenarduzzi.  Their knowledge, organization, and enthusiasm is unmatched in our Province.  Thank you coaches.

I would like to acknowledge and thank a group of athletes and families who have been with us since we initiated our Regional Training Center program three years ago.  Our goal was provide an opportunity for the ‘best of the best’ on the North Shore to train together.  These athletes have remained committed to our mission and it’s been our privilege to work with you.

Stefan Colbow – Sentinel Secondary
Andrew Davis – Sentinel Secondary
Copeland Jandrisch – Handsworth Secondary
Shayan Lakhani – Sentinel Secondary
Oscar Obst – Sutherland Secondary
Arman Saehirad – Sentinel Secondary

Congratulations to the following athletes who are representing BC on a Provincial Team this summer:

David Finch – U17 Boys BLACK
Aamir Rajwani – U17 Boys BLACK
Alix Walker – U17 Girls Canada Games Team
Tanis Metcalfe – U17 Girls Canada Games Team
Kevin Li – U17 Boys Canada Games Team

A special congratulations to our Grade 12 Student – athletes who leave us to play for their respective universities. We now have over 20 of our program athletes playing at the post-secondary level.  We wish each of you well in your university experience.

Georgia Nelson (3 year Academy Athlete)  – Capilano University
Madison Legault (3 year Academy Athlete) – University of British Columbia
Sage Stobbart (1 year Academy Athlete) – University of California Davis
Devon Wood (1 year Academy Athlete) – University of Northern British Columbia
Amir Hajisafar (3 year Academy Athlete) – University of British Columbia Okanagan
Kaelen McNeight (2 year Academy Athlete) – University of Northern British Columbia

To those that leave the program this year I wish you well in your athletic, academic, and personal pursuits.   Our Coaches and I look forward to working with our returning students and families in September.

Yours in Basketball,

Garth Thomson
Program Director, Premier Basketball Academies

West Vancouver Schools / Basketball BC Regional Training Center

2017- 2018 Calendars:
Boys Training Centre 1 / Boys Traning Centre 2
Girls Training Centre

This high performance, elite training opportunity is open to male and female students entering Grades 9 – 12 from within and outside the West Vancouver School District.

Key benefits include:

  • A targeted athlete training opportunity for male and female students entering Grades 9 – 12
  • Students will have the opportunity to receive grade level PE credit
  • Students will remain eligible to compete on sports teams for their home school
  • Partnership with Basketball BC includes top level curriculum, coaching and is modeled on Canada Basketball’s Long Term Athlete Development Plan (LTAD)
  • Program is located at West Vancouver Secondary School

Coaches: Greg Meldrum (Boys Cohort #1 and #2) and Shaun McGuinness (Girls), with support from Basketball BC and local coaches.

WVS Premier Basketball Academy

2017 – 2018 Calendar
Boys & Girls Developmental

The program is open to male and female students entering Grades 8 – 10 from Rockridge, Sentinel and West Vancouver Secondary Schools.

Some of the key benefits include:

  • An developmental training opportunity for male and female students in Grades 8-10
  • Students will have the opportunity to receive grade level PE credit
  • Students will remain eligible to compete on sports teams for their home school
  • Partnership with Basketball BC includes top level curriculum, coaching and is modeled on Canada Basketball’s Long Term Athlete Development Plan (LTAD)
  • Program is located at the West Vancouver Rec Centre and West Vancouver Secondary School

Coaches:  Jordan Al-Assadi and Greg Meldrum, with support from Basketball BC and district coaches

Yearly Program Cost: $1600.00

More Information

For information about Basketball Canada’s Athlete Development Model, please click here.

Please continue to check both this page, and our news pages for any new information on this exciting academy.

“To develop a talent to its full potential, 10,000 training hours are required. This equates to three hours of daily training over 10 years.”

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Please direct inquiries to:

Garth Thomson
Vice Principal, WVSS
Program Director, WVS’s Premier Basketball Academy

Office Direct Line: 604-981-1108
Email: gthomson@wvschools.ca


Diane Nelson
Director of Instruction
West Vancouver Schools Premier Academy

Office Direct Line: 604-981-1150
Cell: 604-786-3575
Email: dnelson@wvschools.ca

Students interested in the Premier Basketball Academy must submit the Student Information Form.