Ballers Heaven International Camp

Ballers Heaven has launched its inaugural International Camp for 7-21 year olds, association with Wasatch Academy from Utah USA next summer.

On 25-30 July, the camp will offer five full days of coaching, games, competition, skills development training and awards. It will be delivered by guest coaches, speakers and players active at the highest tiers of basketball on earth, including NBA players, NBA trainers, EuroLeague coaches, EuroLeague Players, NCAA 1 Players, Top USA High School Coaches, Great Britain players, BBL coaches, BBL players and more.

Coach Roger Payne, a Warwickshire Basketball Hall of Famer said: “This is a once in a life time basketball exposure camp to be held right here in our own back yard, with a star studded cast of who’s-who in the basketball world – it is one camp that is not be missed.”

The event is to be hosted at the state of the art new sports hub at the University of Warwick, with access to four full courts, gymnasium, swimming pool, climbing facilities and more. Kits, balls, meals and refreshments will be provided throughout the week. Ballers Heaven balls and kits will be available for purchase all week and after the camp.

All the details of the camp and payment structures can be found at ballersheavenstore.com. You can also email Coach Payne at ballersheaven23@gmail.com for information on a payment plan.

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Coaches

Roger Payne

Having started playing basketball in 1979, Roger became one of the region’s most well known players and coaches after representing Coventry as a point guard. His national league playing career was cut short by injuries, and in the 1990s he decided to turn his hand to coaching. 

Roger won total of 11 WBA league titles, two as a player and nine as a coach, including six championships in a row, with two of those title seasons being without a single loss. After being a joint owner of Watford and Edmonton Storm, and taking over at the Coventry Crusaders, he coached at Leicester Warriors and steered young players through the national league at a senior level. 

He has coached many of the country’s top players and in 2016 he was invited to travel around the USA and to be a coach for NBA star George Hill’s camps. He is also arranging for several NBA players to come to the UK to play and run camps in 2019.

Devan Bailey

Devan has had a standout professional career playing all round the world. He has represented England and Great Britain at every level and is currently playing in France. Devan Bailey loves running camps for the youth and giving back to the community.

Pierre Henry-Fontaine

England international and Midnight Madness star, Pierre has played for many years on EBL teams in the UK, and in the BBL. He is a great favourite with the kids and has run successful camps with Ballers Heaven. He is a great personal trainer and works closely with budding young athletes as they push to achieve national honours. 

Omar Beauperthuy

Omar has worked hard over the last year to bring talented youth players to the UK and will be running a Ballers Heaven exposure camp in May 2019 that will see talented players enrol in to Ballers Heaven’s Basketball Academy, due to start in September 2020. 

Paul Adams

Paul is a well known coach in Coventry and the West Midlands. Having played for many years he turned his hand to coaching and has successfully developed and great youth program at the Coventry Tornadoes, coaching every level from under-10 up to seniors. Paul has worked closely with Ballers Heaven over the last year, inviting Coach Payne to run camps with his international players.

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Tournaments and tours

Las Vegas – 22-26 May

Ballers Heaven Men’s Tour will take on Las Vegas Unknown in their own back yard.

Vegas Unknown are the 2018 World Club Basketball Tournament champions. They have invited Ballers Heaven to give them a stiff test before they start their league season.

Coach Roger Payne said: “It’s a great opportunity to look at guys ahead of the season and help those looking for exposure that would otherwise be closed to them. I’ve helped many players over the years and it’s always great to give that guy the shop window they need to be seen.” 

In what will be a tough games, Ballers Heaven has a solid team from all over the globe.

Roster:

Omar Beauperthuy: 6’7, NCAA Division 1, Cayman Islands international 
Samuel Toluwase: 6’4, BBL London Lions and Nigerian international 
Frantz Geico Playisir: 6’5, Cayman Islands international 
Eli Alcantar: 5’9, NAIA Division 1, Mexico 
Zach Cassita: 6’1, NCAA Divison 1, Utah
Chris Soldavini: 6’6, NCAA Division 2, California 
Ben Freeland: 6’10, Lafayette, Los Angeles 
Tyrone Keondre: 6’5, Frankfurt, Germany 
Jon Montez: 6’6, Santa Rosa, JUCO 1, Los Angeles 

Kings Of The Court – 24-25 August

Ballers Heaven is set to bring you Kings Of The Court.

The Basketball  tournament will see teams travel from all around the world to pit their skills against each other for a grand prize of £1,000.

The Kings Of The Court tournament is looking to give players a window for their talents. There can only be one winning team.

The tournament will be officiated by FIBA referees and table officials. It will be held at one of England’s best basketball venues, the Nottingham Wildcats arena Greenwood Rd, Nottingham NG3 7FJ.

There will be special guests and dignitaries from the world of sports and politics, as well as some amazing food and entertainment. The tournament will be giving away amazing raffle prizes.

Spectators will be able to watch this event for the amazing low price of £3 per adult and only £1 for children under-16.

Entry costs £250 per team and registration can be obtained at ballersheaven23@gmail.com. Don’t leave it to late to enter your team as spots have already being filled.

Valencia

Ballers Heaven is proud to be invited to the Valencia Basketball tournament in April 2019.

As many as 20 teams will be in the Under-17 boys bracket. The team has been training hard and Coach Payne said: “It’s an amazing opportunity for the guys to see what level they’re at compared to some of the best young players in Europe. They will learn about a different style of play is in Spain, but it also gives me a chance to look at guys for our new u18 national league team starting in the new season.”  

Coach Payne is set to take over Coventry basketball. His experience and worldwide contacts puts this programme ahead of the rest as many young talented players will have many doors open to them. They will travel the globe learning the game and honing their skills against the best, as well as learning from top coaches in Europe and the United States, meeting and learning from NBA stars on their journey.