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Our Y12 Historians had a great taster day at yesterday. They look part in lectures and debates, and got to speak to current UCL Humanities students.


The HCACP Summer Carnival pulls into town on Tues 16th July. Join us for an afternoon of performance and celebration. Doors open 5pm. Tix £3 adult £2 concession.


Motivational speaker David McQueen visited HCACP yesterday to give Year 10 students valuable advice and top tips in preparation for their upcoming mock exams.


A real 'Who done it' for our junior detectives taking notes and forensic samples at a simulated crime scene today at HCACP with consultancy.


Year 7 and Year 8 had the amazing BRIT school sixth form students in today leading their first dance workshop ready for the BRIT festival in July. The girls worked so hard and loved learning some new dance moves.


The HCACP Summer Carnival pulls into town on Tues 16th July. Join us for an afternoon of performance and celebration. Doors open 5pm. Tix £3 adult £2 concession.


The fabulous Peter Long has kindly donated money raised with Beautiful Croydon calendar to purchase an upgraded set of tenor pans for the Academy. Students were so excited to play the beautiful sounding instruments.


Watch the semi final here live at approximately 15.45. Good luck to the team!!!


👏👏👏👏 Huge well done to our girls’ team - have made the national semi final in Nottingham!


After three days of challenging hiking and navigation in Sussex, three teams have their DofE Silver Practice Expedition completed!


Reflecting on a day's hiking around Bewl Water on the DofE Silver Practice Expedition.


Day two scenes on the DofE Silver Practice Expedition


Fantastic work today by the sports leaders at today’s Primary sports day. You were an absolute credit to the Academy.


Congratulations to Thye-Lakh! Has not missed a day off school since year7!


Great half term trip to .


The HCACP newsletter for May 2024 is now available from


The HCACP Instrumental Concert is tomorrow at 4.30pm. An hour of recitals and exemplary musical acumen.


Two absolute superstars right here 👇🥇🤩! Have loved seeing their musicianship go from strength to strength and confidence grow. What a fantastic achievement passing Grade 6 vocal exam in Y11🥳. Huge congrats to Kira also for the Grade 8 Distinction 👏.


Congratulations to our talented students who took singing exams this half term.  Grace and Kumasi for passing their Grade 6 singing exams with a merit and huge congratulations to Kira for achieving a Distinction in her Grade 8 exam.


HCACP students were lucky enough to participate in literacy rhythm workshops with Ollie from .  It was great fun connecting syllables and rhythms together with some body percussion.

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Harris Federation Basketball Academy

Welcome to the Harris Federation Basketball Academy. We are very happy to be able to provide our students with an opportunity to excel in one of the fastest-growing and most exciting sports in the country.

We are currently in the process of recruiting players for the 2019-20 season into our academy. Register your interest for our sports programmes here.

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact Lee McCarthy, Basketball Head Coach, Harris City Academy Crystal Palace on

The aim of the Basketball Academy

The aim of our Basketball Academy is to provide a pathway for our student athletes that aspire to play basketball at the very highest level that they can possibly achieve. Our student athletes will be committed to their own personal development both on and off the court. They will excel in the classroom and in life as well as they do on the basketball court.

Our coaching staff have decades of professional playing and coaching experience both domestically and abroad in Europe and the USA. They have helped developed players who are now playing professionally in the BBL, professionally in Europe or at college in the USA.

Our staff have put together a comprehensive training programme that will enable every athlete at our basketball academy to push themselves to the next level. Team practices, small group sessions and one-to-one coaching will ensure we get the very best progress from all of our players.

At our basketball academy the student athlete comes first. Individual development, including opportunities on and off the court, will be at the forefront of everything we do.

Domestic competition

There is something for everyone. We will have two teams competing in domestic competitions, providing playing opportunities for all of our students. Starting in the U19 ABL this season, we aim to move up to the EABL in future years, based only on our on court performance.

For our junior players or those not yet ready for the ABL/EABL, we will also be entering the National Schools competitions. We will also be able to provide U18 National League Club basketball for our students through our partnership with the Harris Federation Knights, playing regular weekend fixtures.

European exposure

We will be entering an Academy select team annually into an U18 European tournament. This tournament features some of the top junior clubs in their respective countries, with direct links to their respective professional clubs. This is good exposure and experience for any player thinking of playing pro in Europe after leaving the basketball academy.

USA exposure

For any of our students that have the aspiration, ability and attitude (AAA) to make it to the US for College Basketball we will be able to help provide AAU playing opportunities out in the US during the critical summer NCAA recruitment period.

In addition, we will look to help place our AAA players that have successfully completed their A-Levels or vocational subjects into Post Graduate Basketball Programmes in the USA wherever possible. There will also be other opportunities, with US coaches coming to the UK on scouting trips hosted by our basketball academy.

Coaching and officiating

All of our student athletes will be given the opportunity to undergo training that will give them professional qualifications in coaching and officiating basketball. These qualifications can later be used by our students to pursue an alternative career within the game or could simply add a new dimension to a student’s CV when applying for university.

We are currently in the process of recruiting players for the 2019-20 season into our academy. Register your interest for our sports programmes here. If you would like more information about this or any of the above then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Lee McCarthy

Basketball Head coach

Harris City Academy Crystal Palace