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Jarrett confident about Capital investment

PUBLISHED: 13:34 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 August 2010

London Capital's title-winning second team

London Capital's title-winning second team

By Ben Kosky IT S hard to locate any chink of light when a team are rock bottom – but PAWS London Capital can look forward to a bright future. That s the confident belief of multi-tasking coach Errol Jarrett, who helped balance out the senior team s woes

By Ben Kosky

IT'S hard to locate any chink of light when a team are rock bottom - but PAWS London Capital can look forward to a bright future.

That's the confident belief of multi-tasking coach Errol Jarrett, who helped balance out the senior team's woes by leading no fewer than three sides in Capital colours to championship glory last season.

The Willesden-based club's second team and under-20 team both won their leagues without losing a single game, while the under-18s were beaten only once on their way to completing a hat-trick of titles for Capital.

Jarrett also coaches the under-14s, who finished second in their league - still a far more impressive season than Capital's British Basketball League side, who finished 12th out of 12 by some distance.

Second team captain Isaac Msiah was one of a handful of players to make the step up to the BBL last season and Jarrett wants that kind of progression to be mirrored throughout the club.

"I train them all exactly the same way, so that if we put some of the under-14s into the under-18 team, they did all right because they knew the system," said Jarrett, who previously coached Camden Panthers' under-16s.

"Coaching so many different teams at the same time is a bit unusual but, with a bit of help, I found it was manageable. Brandon [Bethel], the director of the club, basically gave me free rein, so I'm grateful to him.

"The development level at Capital wasn't too good, so we didn't expect too much out of it, but I stuck with them and worked with them and it's been a real success.

"I feel the kids from around Brent have really achieved something. I've tried to build up some trust and help them not just with basketball, but life in general."

Jarrett, who trained with Brixton Topcats and Westminster Warriors in his playing days, was first tempted to move to Capital City Academy two years ago, when the new BBL franchise recruited Steve Bucknall as coach.

The former England international and LA Lakers star guided Capital to a respectable ninth place in their first season, but the Londoners' fortunes nosedived after parting company with their coach last year.

"I wanted to learn from Steve Bucknall and it was a good experience that season, but I'm still learning now," added Jarrett. "Capital are the only BBL team in London and they've always had a lot of talented young kids, but no-one's stuck around with them before.

"The BBL team have a lot more pressure on their shoulders. We need to show that the junior teams have been successful and build more interest in basketball in the community.

"Everyone knows now Capital have some top teams and we want to get that respect that other clubs already have.

"Now it's a case of getting them ready for the next level and I think we'll do well again next season.


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