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Lessons offered by Tolu
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Taught subjects
  • Basketball
  • All Levels

Basketball Performance Trainer with over 3 years' coaching experience offering online training sessions


After evaluating your skills through film study, each session will have an individual focus that will maximise your strengths and build up weaknesses that are relevant to your game. However, Rome wasn't built in a day so we must both respect the process of mastering a skill for as long as it takes before progressing.

The purpose of every drill is to translate to game situations in the most efficient way possible. I want you to understand why you're doing something without me having to say a word. I also want you to understand how your body should be functioning before, during and after a session because it's my job to make sure that you're in the best position to avoid injuries.


I'm a qualified basketball and speed coach, working at universities, clubs and international schools over the past 3 years. I also founded Elite-Smart Athletes, a brand dedicated to educating the athletic community in every way possible, including through training. I've worked with a range of athletes, from professionals like Ovie Soko to children as young as 4 years old, and have connections across the UK basketball community.

I've played basketball since I was 9, represented regional teams at youth and university level, captained my university men's 1st team, played semi-pro in France and won NBL Men's Division 3 league title in the 2019/20 season with Richmond Knights.


Rate for online lessons : £25/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £100
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £200
Lessons offered by Tolu
In group
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Basketball
  • All Levels

Tolu's CV


Elite-Smart Athletes Apr 2018 – Present

Independently launched brand providing athletes of all levels with the knowledge they need to help them become elite via tutoring, mentoring, training and content creation.

• Social Media: Utilising paid promotion to increase engagement. Community management via comments & direct messages. Reviewing content using data analytics.
• Entrepreneurship: Securing clients, managing client relationships, financial administration & brand marketing.
• Training: Conducting individual/small group skill & performance training sessions.

Basketball Coach
Various Teams Sep 2017 – Jul 2020

Head coach of development teams at University of Leicester (Sep 2017 – Sep 2018), ACS Hillingdon International School (Jan – Jun 2019) and Richmond Knights Basketball Club (Sep 2019 – Jul 2020).

• Organisation & Adaptability: Planning and adjusting training/game tactics based on players’ understanding, time constraints, facility space etc.
• Behaviour Management: Managing challenging behaviour in training sessions and matches.

Team Leicester Project Coordinator
University of Leicester Sep 2017 – Sep 2018

Introduced to nuances of competitive university sport, from creatively marketing & selling sports memberships to dissecting NGB regulations, to provide quality student experience.

• Social Media: Managed department accounts, created content on Canva & iMovie, integrated social media marketing tools (Excel calendars, Hootsuite & analytics).
• Sports Administration: Organised weekly fixtures for 100+ teams on Excel & BUCSScore - sourced venues, officials & transportation, liaised with student athletes, team coaches & opposing universities and complied with NGB regulations & deadlines.
• B2C Sales & Marketing: Marketed & sold university student and staff sport memberships. 1997 Team Leicester membership sales (second highest in university history) and oversaw Rugby Varsity 2018 ticket sales audit – final sales over £6,000.
• Fixture Disputes: Investigated breaches of BUCS regulations and filed paperwork to resolve disputes.

Higher Education Basketball Ambassador
Basketball Foundation Sep 2016 – Jun 2017

Challenged to increase university basketball participation amongst students completely new to sport.

• Social Media: Managed social media account, content calendars & created content on iMovie (video editing) and Microsoft Publisher (graphic design).
• Event Coordination: Approximately 100 individual attendees across all sessions. 10 intramural basketball league teams (university record). Created NBA 2K and Beginners Basketball events.
• Customer Service: Created an enjoyable basketball experience for all session attendees.
• Organisation: Recorded registers from every session and submitted monthly to line manager.

Secretary & 1st Team Captain
University of Leicester Basketball Club Jun 2016 – May 2017

Collaborated with other club leaders to market & sell memberships, attract sponsors, manage finances, augment campus presence and improve team performance.

• Social Media: Managed social media account, content calendars & created content on iMovie (video editing) and Microsoft Publisher (graphic design).
• B2C Sales & Marketing: 98 club membership sales (club record, over 100% increase on previous year) saw Men’s 3rd and Women’s 2nd teams created for first time in club history.
• Administration: Submitted weekly team sheets, award nominations and session registers.
• Sponsorship Acquisition: Secured sponsorship with Las Iguanas.
• Sporting Success: Voted Men’s 1st Team Most Valuable Player. Awarded Individual Half Maroon Award for basketball services on and off court. Selected for Midlands Universities Basketball Squad. Men’s 1st, Men’s 2nd and Women’s 1st teams all reached quarterfinals of Midlands Cup.


Integrated Speed, Agility & Quickness Training
National Academy of Sports Medicine 2020

Legal Practice Course (LPC) with Master’s (MSc) Law, Business & Management
The University of Law 2019-2020

Level 2 Basketball Coaching
Basketball England 2018

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) - Law with a Modern Language (French)
University of Leicester 2013-2017

Emergency First Aid at Work
St John Ambulance 2017

Level 2 Basketball Activator
StreetGames Ltd UK 2016

IGCSEs & A-Levels
Hampton School 2006 –2013
A-Levels: AAB (Maths, French, English Literature). IGCSEs: 7A* 3A (inc. Maths, French, English)


NBL Men’s Division 3 (South East) Winner Richmond Knights Basketball Club | 2019-20
Team Leicester Individual Half Maroon Award University of Leicester Sports Awards | 2017
Men’s 1st Team Captain & MVP University of Leicester Basketball Club | 2016-17
Midlands Universities Regional Basketball Squad English Universities Sport | 2016-17
Men’s Basketball 1st Team Université Jean Moulin Lyon III | 2015-16
U18 Basketball Team Captain Hampton School | 2012-13
NBL South Premier U18 Team Vice-Captain Feltham Warriors Basketball Club | 2012-13
London Regional U17 Basketball Squad Basketball England | 2011-12

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