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Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown.

The 14-year-old, from Belper and a student at Belper School, is a member of the Derby Trailblazers Club who were winners of the EABL Under-16 Conference and helped the East Midlands team finish champions at regional level.

Charlie says: "I am currently training with Derby Trailblazers and am a starting point guard for the Under-18 Northern Premier team, training three times per week with this team. Alongside that, I also train with the Under-16 team twice a week and once with the Division 3 Men's team, who I play for when available.

"Since applying for my ICON Bursary, I have now been selected for the Under-15 England squad. I am due to attend the England Camp during December with a view to competing internationally next summer for England.

"Alongside Charlie's normal club training, I attends EuroCamp Basketball Camp every year for one week in Barrow-in-Furness, where he I am coached by top class national and international coaches. This year I attended a second week at Bradford EuroCamp too.

"My goals for this season are to be competitive in the Under-18 Northern Premier League and help my team reach the play-offs at the end of the season and also to represent England at international competitions during 2016.

"My long term goals are to play basketball professionally and to attend College in the USA."