June 19, 2017

Peel board partners with Caledon Cougars Basketball Association to offer women’s basketball prep program in Caledon

Basketball program to be hosted at Humberview Secondary School, beginning September 2017

Beginning September 2017, the Peel District School Board will partner with the Caledon Cougars Basketball Association to offer a women's basketball preparation (prep) program, Caledon Basketball Academy. Humberview Secondary School will host students in the Caledon Basketball Academy for high-level female basketball talent.

"At the Peel board, we're committed to providing all students a high-quality education while they achieve their personal academic and athletic goals," says Poleen Grewal, superintendent of curriculum and instruction support services. "We look forward to working alongside external coaches who are committed to helping high-performing student athletes achieve excellence 'on the court,' while we support their academic success."

During the 2017-18 school year, the Caledon Basketball Academy expects to recruit 12 players for its varsity team. Students from across the province will be recruited into the program by staff from the Caledon Basketball Academy—the Peel board is not responsible for student athlete recruitment. Caledon Basketball Academy will also offer academic assistance, post-secondary guidance, sports psychology and nutrition, and strength and conditioning to students. 

"Caledon Basketball Academy is excited and honoured to work alongside a tremendous group of coaches and support teams to provide a high-level experience for student-athletes," says Gord Everett, head coach of the Caledon Basketball Academy. "We look forward to contributing to the league's growth and to elite women's basketball in Ontario."

Student athletes will be expected to meet the full academic requirements of their courses and adhere to the secondary schools' codes of conduct. Students in the prep program will be coached by staff from the Caledon Basketball Academy, and will compete in the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA). Humberview will continue to have their own basketball teams separate from the prep team.

Applications to the Caledon Basketball Academy are not being accepted through the Peel board or through Humberview. Families/Athletes must contact them directly to learn more about their external recruitment processes. For more information about the Caledon Basketball Academy and the Caledon Cougars Basketball Association, visit www.caledoncougars.ca.

A partnership is also in place with Football North. Serving approximately 154,000 students in kindergarten to grade 12, the board operates more than 250 schools in the municipalities of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. For more information, visit the board's website at www.peelschools.org.

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Media Contacts: 

Poleen Grewal, Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Support Services, 905-890-1010 ext. 2343, poleen.grewal@peelsb.com

Sue Fried, Principal, Humberview Secondary School, 905-857-0771 ext. 401, sue.fried@peelsb.com  

Gord Everett, Head Coach, Caledon Basketball Academy, 905-691-7071, info@caledoncougars.ca  

​Reference:  Nav Sahota, School Communications Specialist, 905-890-1010 ext. 2626, navneet.sahota@peelsb.com  ​

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