Joshua Edwards is a year 13 pupil at Hayes School and a talented basketball player.
He plays for his club team London Thunder, based in Lewisham, and for the England international team.
Depending on how heavy my weekend has been, I carry out a core session and weight training at home from 6pm to 6.45pm. I then have school from 8:30amto 3pm. I am currently studying English, philosophy & ethics and geography at A2. After school, I do work in the silent study before heading home for a rest night. If I’ve had a lighter weekend regarding game time, I will sometimes do individual training in the school sports hall.
School from 8.30am to 4pm, although I have a flexible timetable due to my basketball commitments and they allow me to arrive late or leave early is I do not have a lesson. I always utilise this time and carry out extra weight training. In the evening I do individual training from 7-7.30pm or coach U12s for my club London Thunder from 7.30-9pm. After coaching, I have my own club training with the U18s and men’s teams.
Lessons from 8.30am-1pm then school work until 4pm then school training from 4.30-6pm. I also go to the gym where I do weight training with an England strength and conditioning coach after school. We also have a Kent national cup game through the Hayes U18 and U19 squads.
A full timetable today then home to eat and get ready for training at London Thunder from 7pm- to 9pm. I also stay and do another hour of individual training after.
Weight training at home from 6-6.45pm and then school until 2.40pm. School training from 4.30-6:30pm or a school game. We run through plays and train. The school game will normally be either a Kent cup or national cup fixture. If not we have a friendly training game for the Hayes basketball academy against a local club, normally a men’s side. After this, I carry out rehab work such as time on my foam roller for about half an hour after training and then make my way home, rest and carb load ready for the weekend fixtures.
I usually play between one and three games for the U18 and men’s London Thunder teams. The time I spend not playing or travelling to venues I use to either rest, weight train or do school work and varies due to fixture demands.
I am fortunate that school doesn’t impact on my demands of school work too much as I also train with the England national team. After the exam period is over, I train with them most weekends until our national tournament in late July/early August.