Flinders Basketball Academy | Flinders Christian Community College

Flinders students all have the opportunity to represent the College in Domestic Basketball. The Flinders Basketball domestic program incorporates over 500 students from the ages of five to alumni across both campuses in the following associations: Casey, Chelsea, Frankston, Mornington, Westernport & Southern Peninsula.

The Flinders Basketball Academy provides an alternative platform for our basketball students to pursue their passion during the school day, by offering basketball as a subject. This allows students the opportunity to develop their sporting talent while complementing their Secondary education. Flinders Basketball Academy students are educated by qualified coaches and support staff, both on and off the court.

Flinders Basketball Academy launched in 2020 for Year 7 students and is now an option for students in Years 7 to 9 at Tyabb Campus and Years 7 to 10 at Carrum Downs Campus.

A core aim of the Flinders Basketball Program is to provide basketball loving students the opportunity to explore this sport beyond the fundamentals of physical training.

Vision of the Flinders Basketball Academy

With Christ at the centre of our vision, we will aim to develop a loving community using basketball as a vehicle to encourage growth and excellence in character and skills all to the glory of God.

  • We aim to provide the highest quality Basketball coaching and curriculum both on and off the court
  • We will develop and maintain strong partnerships with Professional Women’s and Men’s Basketball Clubs in Melbourne as well as local representative clubs
  • We will support and assist students to achieve an appropriate balance between their academic and sporting aspirations
Flinders Basketball Playing Opportunities
  • Weekly Domestic Basketball
  • Southern Independent Schools (SIS) weekly sport program
  • Victorian College Basketball Championships – Combined Campus Representative teams
  • Australian Schools Basketball Championships – qualification based
  • International Basketball Tours – Such as USA on a three-year rotational basis
Fortnightly Timetable

The Academy is integrated into the fortnightly timetable along with traditional academic classes, enabling students to pursue their full academic and sporting potential at the College. The Flinders Basketball Academy subject is assessed via competency-based modules throughout each semester. Parents can access these modules via the Flinders Basketball Academy Moodle Page.

Coaching Staff

Kerryn Mitchell

  • Basketball Australia Performance Coach - Level three
  • NBA Academy Next Generation Camp Assistant Coach
  • WNBL Southside Flyers Assistant Coach, 2022 - current
  • Sandringham Sabres NBL1 Head Coach
  • Victorian Women’s U20 State team Assistant Coach, 2019 - 2021
  • Frankston Blues YLW Head Coach 2021
  • U20 Victorian Women's State team, Head Coach 2022
  • Basketball Australia Elite Female Coach Advancement Program 2021
  • Bendigo Spirit WNBL Melbourne based individuals coach 2020
  • Former State and National Junior representative
  • 10 year WNBL player
  • 3 years playing in Europe as an import

Marcus Wickham

Marcus is a long-standing staff member at Flinders College and founder of the Flinders Basketball Program. He has coached Flinders Tyabb students in weekly domestic competitions as well as our combined campus teams representing the College at State and National Championships. Marcus has a wealth of basketball knowledge and is well respected by students at both campuses. Whilst expecting excellence on the court, he is also very passionate about instilling the vision of our basketball program in all our players along with the motto of ‘Grow in Love’.

Key Achievement Standards for Flinders Basketball Academy

Students will learn to:

  • Reflect on the influence of emotions on behaviour, learning and relationships
  • Use feedback to identify achievements and prioritise areas for improvement
  • Initiate and undertake some tasks independently, within negotiated time frames and use criteria to review work
  • Reflect on strategies to cope with difficult situations and justify the choice of strategy demonstrating knowledge of resilience and adaptability
  • Explore values and beliefs of different groups in society
  • Identify indicators of respectful relationships in a range of social and work-related situations
  • Explain the extent to which individual roles and responsibilities enhance group cohesion and the achievement of personal and group objectives
  • Assess the appropriateness of various strategies to avoid or resolve conflict in a range of situations
  • Apply movement concepts and strategies to achieve basketball movement and fitness specific outcomes
  • Demonstrate control and accuracy when performing specialised basketball skills
  • Promote fair play and inclusiveness in all elements of basketball both within and out of the academy

Academy Applicants will be considered according to the availability of positions in the academy, academic performance in core subject areas, attitude and behaviour. Successful applicants will be at the discretion of Sport Coordinators, Head of Teaching and Learning and/or the Head of Sub School. It is expected that students will achieve a satisfactory level of academic achievement and aptitude within the Basketball Academy. The College reserves the right to review the academic progress of students. Should a student’s academic record indicate unsatisfactory progress, the College will assess the suitability of them progressing in the program and make recommendations based on the context and capability of each individual student.

Application Process

Interested students will be invited to apply the year prior to them joining Flinders Basketball Academy. Flinders will email all families (of existing and new students) directly when the application process is open. Should the number of applicants exceed the positions available then try-outs will need to take place.


There is an annual levy per student for the Flinders Basketball Academy which includes:

  • Flinders Basketball Academy apparel
  • Specialist coaches
  • Health Professional workshops in the areas of Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition, Rehabilitation, Sports Psychology
  • Attendance to NBL / WNBL Open Training sessions / matches
More Information

Existing Flinders students should contact their Secondary Sports Coordinator for more information. Students from external schools can contact Natalie Chatfield via email.