The Canarias Basketball Academy-Veszprém was founded in 2019, becoming the Central European headquarters of the 12-year-old Canarias Basketball Academy, based in Spain. With the same unique approach and strong infrastructural base, the training started in Veszprém, second only to Tenerife.
The Canarias Basketball Academy was founded in 2007 by Rob Orellana, who had previously coached in the number one division of the U.S.A. University Championships for 15 years, as well as internationally for 3 years. More than 120 NCAA Division 1 and 10 NBA players have worked with him and developed thanks to the all-encompassing and highly effective individual basketball training system he has developed. He brought this methodology to Europe, which has resulted in 700 players from 25 different countries improving in the colors of the CBA so far in recent years, of whom more than 170 basketball players have gone to American universities and well-known European teams. Of the academy’s former students, 33 players currently play in the USA, 19 in the Spanish leagues and 26 in various leagues around the world. In the last 2 years, Barcelona has also signed 2 of their players.
This training system is now available in Veszprém as well! Arvydas Straupis is the guarantee for the highest level of professional work here. He has been working with Rob Orellana since the establishment of the CBA. He acquired all the professional and technical knowledge during his years there, after also coaching in Lithuania, France and Belarus. He is now the head coach of our academy.
Our goal is for our students to receive maximum attention not only on the basketball court but also at the desk in the school. Thanks to our scholarship program, our players have everything they need to achieve their goals: to win a full scholarship in the U.S.A. or to play in a professional international club after leaving the academy. Their goal is our goal!
The success of our work lies in the fact that school education is in full balance with basketball trainings. There are no postponed workouts due to school and there are no postponed school classes due to workouts. That is, we manage to create a situation for our scholarship holders that also get enough time to study and develop their basketball skills. During the trainings, the greatest emphasis is on the development of individual skills, so that in the end the most qualified basketball players who can get the most out of themselves can get out of the academy. In addition to school classes, they have the opportunity to take separate lessons in English from private teachers, thus resolving any language difficulties that may arise. This is important not only because of coach Straupis' trainings, but it is also a great advantage if the players continue their studies/careers abroad after the years in Veszprém.
Compared to the training of the youth of Veszprém in recent years, the athletes of CBA-Veszprém have twice as many training opportunities.
Our professional development is directly proportional to our infrastructural development. There are also 3 halls available for players in Veszprém, while the brand new functional gym that satisfies all needs is a perfect opportunity for the physical training of our athletes.
The Canarias Basketball Academy (Veszprém and La Matanza) has developed a completely unique system of studies and sport, creating a transition between its two bases. There is no other basketball academy in Europe that gives its talents more opportunities to train and play at a high level and show their talents to international scouts. Our tours abroad provide students with the opportunity to be on the minds of everyone, anywhere in the world.