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About us

Development

We are focused on player development
Next Level Camp will improve your basic basketball skills, mental strengths and athletic abilities in order to help you as a basketball player no matter what coach or team you’re playing for.

Commitment

The players are attentive
The players at Next Level Camp want to learn. One learns best by seeing, hearing and doing.
Our coaches will require the players to pay attention and focus. If the players listen and watch the coaches, they will learn more.

Team spirit

Build character
We do not just want to learn basketball, we also want the players to establish building blocks to their lives outside the basketball court.
Witnesses and labels, comrades and team games are important pieces both on and off the court.
Self-confidence and self-esteem create both solid world citizens and talented basketball players.

Repetition
The best way to learn is to see, hear and do.
To develop a new skill, you need to get thousands of repetitions and develop new muscle memory.

Active players
We want the participants at the camp to be active during the training. Our coaches will organize the training so that the players are in motion as much as possible . We dislike players standing in line and waiting for their turn. Next Level Camp participants should be occupied and active all the time.

Leadership
We want to help players become better leaders by starting to build their leadership qualities.
Having a stable and strong mental ability is an important part of basketball that should not be neglected.
Our goal is to find opportunities to help the players build their mentality and teach them the mental aspects of the game we have succeeded.

The ball is the best friend of the players
Each player should have a ball in his/her hands for most of the camp. Sometimes maybe two balls at once!
In some exercises, a ball is not necessary (agility, movement without ball, physics, defense etc.), but to become a better offensive player, it’s an advantage if the ball is your friend.

Our coaches are committed 
The quality of camps is usually measured through the coaches. Good camps have trained and dedicated coaches that work hard to make players better and better.
Next Level Camp is no exception and our coaches, all of whom have a solid basketball background, will do everything they can for the players to feel comfortable and gain knowledge so they can take the next step in their basketball development.

Have fun
It should be fun to be on camps, play basket and hang out with old and new friends.

Our history and vision

Next Level Camp has emerged from our collective experience and is driven by helping young basketball players take the next step in their basketball development.
Several of us coaches have both organized and participated in numerous basketball camps in Sweden, as well as internationally, over the years.
Now we pick the raisins from the cake and create the basketball camp of the future.

Our vision is to be Sweden’s largest and best development camp for basketball players and ultimately attract players and coaches from all over the world.

Our leaders 2022

Mohamed Madani

Mohamed Madani

Coach

Mohamed Madani, 25 years old, is a leader in Hammarby Basket and has, among other things. coached the club’s women’s team, F03 and P09. In other words, Coach Madani has a broad spectrum to start from when he trains young people.

Mohamed, who has also spent several seasons as a player in Basketettan (this season in Hammarby Basket), is a serious and committed coach who spreads energy and is passionate about helping his players achieve their dreams. Mo is also known for his positive and happy way towards everyone around him, a committed coach that everyone wants in their camps. A real joy spreader. He has participated in many different basketball camps for different clubs in Sweden and in Spain

Coach Madani, who has been with us since the start of Next Level Camp 2018, has been one of the most popular coaches among players and leaders at our camps and is now doing his fifth year at NLC

Erik Ugarte

Erik Ugarte

Coach

Erik Ugarte, 25 years old, has been a basketball coach for 10 years and has the most knowledge in individual player development with a focus on mobility and footwork. In addition, he has been active as a fitness trainer.

Erik is active in YMCA Central Basket as head coach for HU19 and men’s teams, but he has also been a coach in the Regional operations, District teams and at basketball camps in the USA, San Antonio Spurs Camp and The Basketball Embassys The Assembly. Erik’s drive and commitment to basketball training has a positive impact on the players he trains. This season he is also part of the national team staff for the HU15 national team.

Coach Ugarte has participated in both camp weeks two summers in a row and will now do his third Next Level Camp year.

Steve Liljekvist

Steve Liljekvist

Coach

Steve Liljekvist, 39 years old, coaches in Borås Basket, is stage 3 trained and has 18 years of coaching experience.

Steve is a positive coach who works a lot with positive treatment and positive feedback and he works hard to give players several different tools to be able to meet future challenges. He thinks it is important to see all individuals in training and make them feel seen, but also tries to be sensitive and be able to listen to players’ thoughts and ideas, to be able to have a good dialogue simply. – “What gives me that little extra smile is when players can quickly and easily beat their opponent 1 against 1 and then when the help will beat that wonderful assist to 2 or 3 easy points.”

Steve today has several players he once coached who play both in the Basketball League, the Superettan and at College in the USA.

Coach Liljekvist is doing his first year as a coach at Next Level Camp this summer.

Lotta Skarle

Lotta Skarle

Coach

Charlotta “Lotta” Skarle, 43 years old, is stage 3 trained with 25 years of coaching experience, active in YMCA Lidingö. Lotta is good at getting a team together, both on and off the field. She prioritizes teaching players to understand the game where the focus is on game understanding in attack and defense. She is passionate about developing players who think and reflect on what they do and can develop

Lotta has trained players of all ages, from basketball school to seniors in Basketettan. She thinks it is important to have understanding and perspective in her role as a youth coach: “It’s about children who also happen to be basketball players, not basketball players who happen to be children.”

Coach Skarle is doing his first year as a coach at Next Level Camp this summer.

Smith Adams

Smith Adams

Coach

Smith Adams, 44, is an American coach with 13 years of coaching experience.
This season he is head coach for Hammarby Basketball’s MU19 and assistant on the club’s men’s team in Basketettan. Smith has also coached in Skuru Basket where he ia. trained the club’s women’s and men’s team and won USM with the club’s MU16

Before becoming a basketball coach, he played on The Maryland Nighthawks of the ABA in the United States. Basketball then took him on as a professional player to France, Ireland and Great Britain. Smith is passionate about helping young players take the next step in their basketball careers. Part of that process is personal mentoring that makes young people feel that they get advice and support in dealing with the challenges they are faced with, both in training and matches but also off the basketball court.

Coach Adams is doing his third year as a coach at Next Level Camp this summer.

Cosmin Blagoi

Cosmin Blagoi

Coach

Cosmin Blagoi, 37, is a professional basketball coach from Romania. Among other things, he has been head coach in Germany for Regensburg Basket in Bayernliga Herren Mitte. This season he is coaching in Austria for the Bundesliga club Swans Gmunden. He has been the youth national team coach for Romania’s MU15 and MU16 for 3 years and his strength as a coach is his accuracy for details and that he is good at pushing players in training and matches so that they can reach their full potential, or as he himself expresses the “High level practices”. Cosmin has studied at the Professional Coaching Institution, specializes in basketball coaching in Bucharest, Romania and holds an A-license to be able to coach at the highest senior level in Romania, in addition he has a FIBA ​​coaching license

Coach Blagoi, who participated in both weeks 2021, is now doing his second year as a coach at Next Level Camp.

Katarina Kjällman

Katarina Kjällman

Coach

Katarina “Katta” Kjällman, 36, from Luleå is a trained Integration Educator and has a multifaceted basketball background. Katta has coached youth teams for over 20 years. She is a Step 3 trained coach and has many years of experience with the Region teams. In addition to the assignments as a coach at NIU Luleå Basket Ungdom, she is also a FIBA-licensed statistician and coach in Antnäs Villagers where she coaches Boys 08/09.  With a great commitment and an inclusive mindset, she wants to make the players involved and aware of her own learning. Fundamental foundations, decision-making and the will to learn are the elements she values ​​most. This summer, Coach Kjällman is doing his third straight year as a coach at Next Level Camp.

Aitor Paris

Aitor Paris

Coach

Aitor Paris, 26-year-old basketball coach from Barcelona, ​​Spain. Coach Paris has been a basketball coach for 9 seasons with a special focus on boys and girls U12 to U18. He has also trained women’s seniors. In Barcelona, ​​he is the coach of the Catalan club Ktòlic. In addition to his involvement in basketball, he works as a sports teacher at a school in Barcelona.

Aitor is a committed, knowledgeable and talented coach who loves basketball and has previously participated as a coach at several international camps. He also runs his own basketball camp, Ballers United Academy, on the island of Menorca. See more on Facebook: @ballersunitedacademy

Aitor, who was at the start of NLC, loves Sweden and Next Level Camp  and will now participate in his fifth Next Level Camp.

Joakim Brunnström

Joakim Brunnström

Coach

Joakim Brunnström, 48, with about 25 years of experience as a basketball coach, is this year head coach for girls 2008 in Hammarby Basket

Jocke has for the past 15 years been active as a coach on the girl side in SBBK and with players from 4 years to elite.

A dedicated, committed and solid basketball coach who is made 9 years as Regioncoach and has been with 5 years at different national youth teams.

Coach Brunnström does his fourth Next Level Camp in 2022

Joakim Samuelsson

Joakim Samuelsson

Coach/Camp director

Joakim “Jocke” Samuelsson, has over 26 years of experience in developing youth players in basketball.

He has been working as a basketball coach in school with basketball classes for 18 years and with the Swedish Region teams for 8 years as well as a youth national coach.

He has helped many players to reach different youth nationalteams and won the most as youth coach.
However, Jocke’s biggest merit is that he is Sweden’s first, and only one trainer so far, who helped three players from Sweden reach the NBA / WNBA. Maciej Lampe, Damir Markota and Amanda Zahui B. have all been trained regularly by Jocke.

Jocke is also the founder and still the project leader of the Lampe Challenge basketball tournament, which is played every year in May.

More coaches will be presented on a regular basis during the winter

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