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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2021
Cosmin Blagoi, 36, is a professional basketball coach from Romania. Last season he was head coach in Germany for Regensburg Basket in Bayernliga Herren Mitte but is this season due to the pandemic back in Romania.
He has been the youth national team coach for Romania’s HU15 and HU16 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 will this summer make his first year as a coach at Next Level Camp and around that visit Sweden for the first time in his life.
Benji has also coached the club’s HU19 and been DLT and Regional Coach for 3 years.
His strengths are his passion and enthusiasm to develop players. Clarity and commitment are some of his important qualities and he is careful to give everyone the opportunity to develop to their own ability.
In addition to all the hours in the basketball hall, he works as an educator at a high school in Norrköping.
Coach Howard will make his first year as a coach at Next Level Camp this summer
Christer Lönnqvist, 55, has 28 years of experience of coaching assignments in various clubs, primarily in Club Central but is now active in Hammarby Basket as head coach for men U19 and assistant coach for Hammarby’s men’s team in Basketettan.
Christer, who is colloquially called “Hets” has coached at all levels, from 5-year-old children to the Swedish Basketettan. As a player, he has also made several junior internationals and played for Södertälje in the Basketball League. He has taken these experiences with him in his role as a youth coach. Shooting technique and developing the players’ shooting percentage is something Christer is extra passionate about.
Coach Lönnqvist, who was involved from the start in 2018, has been much appreciated among the players at NLC´s camp. His great manner is contagious and he is good at giving positive feedback and strengthening the players’ self-confidence.
This summer, Christer is doing his fourth year as a coach at Next Level Camp.
Markus Eklund Brkic
Markus Eklund Brkic, 29, has coached young people for just over 10 years. This season he is head coach for AIK Basketball’s women’s team in Basketettan Norra.
Markus has a broad coaching experience and has coached everything from small children up to Basketettan on the women’s side. He has also coached the Regional and District Teams in Stockholm.
Markus is a positive and happy person who loves to coach young people and see the development of young players, when the little extra clicks. He wants to give players all the right opportunities so they can become their best version of themselves.
Coach Eklund Brkic will participate as a coach at his second Next Level Camp in the summer of 2021
Robin Wegebo, 30 years old, coaches this season in Hammarby Basket and is responsible for the club’s extra training for players with extra motivation and ambition to participate.
Robin. who has been a youth coach for both girls ‘and boys’ teams for over 10 years, is a skilled basketball instructor with broad skills. Civilian, he works as a student assistant at a school. In addition, he has been a coach in the Regional operations for three years and also had time for a season as coach of Hammarby Basket’s men’s team.
Coach Wegebo is passionate about the individual development of young basketball players and prefers training to matches.
Next summer, coach Wegebo’s will be the third Next Level Camp.
Roland Busk, 57 years old, is one of Sweden’s most experienced basketball coaches with 43 seasons, in a row !!!, as a coach were the last 27 with different girls’ teams. After several seasons in SBBK, he is this season coach on the girls’ side in Eskilstuna Basket
Rolle, who is stage 4 educated, is mainly passionate about game development on the girls’ side and has in addition merits with e.g. most of the Swedish Championship finals on the youth side also include experience as a regional coach, youth national team coach and head coach in the women’s league.
Rolle loves to train players who show that they want to learn and always do their best and he is truly a coach who sees the man behind the player. Another of his strengths is that despite his long and solid experience, he always wants to develop as a coach and has a humble and inspiring coaching style.
In the summer of 2021, Coach Busk will participate in his first Next Level Camp
Peter Hodkin, 59, is one of Sweden’s top coaches at Easy Basket level, or as you can jokingly describe him, “A crazy Scotsman who grew up in Manchester and who received his coaching education in Italy but has lived in Stockholm for over 10 years”
Peter, who has been a coach in Huddinge Basket, coaches boys and girls born 11 to 15 in different groups in Hammarby Basket this season and has also been a trainer for the Swedish Basketball Association when they launched the project with Playball. He is fantastic at catching the kids and giving them versatile training and is a coach you rarely forget.
Peter will be responsible for the EB Day Camp both weeks this summer.
This will be Coach Hodkin’s third Next Level Camp.
Eloi Casanovas, 62, is a Spanish coach who has been a professional basketball coach since 1984. He is now responsible for the Pierre Oriola Campus in Barcelona and technical manager for CE Diagonal mar.
Eloi has coached many different Catalan “national teams” and been the national team coach on several Spanish youth national teams and also for a period been assistant coach for Spain’s women’s national team.
He has coached several international Spanish top players and together with Ramon Jordana, Eloi created the talent program for young baskets playing in Catalonia that is still used today.
Coach Casanovas will in 2021 participate in his first Next Level Camp in Stockholm.
Smith Adams, 43, is an American coach with 12 years of coaching experience. This season he is head coach for Hammarby Baskets HU17 and HU16. Smith has coached in Skuru Basket where he trained the club’s women’s and men’s team and won the RM with the club’s HU16
Before becoming a basketball coach, he played for The Maryland Nighthawks of the ABA in the United States. Basketball then took him on 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, which makes young people feel that they receive advice and support in dealing with the challenges they face, both in training and matches but also off the basketball court.
Coach Adams is doing his second year as a coach at Next Level Camp this summer.
Erik Ugarte, 24, has been a basketball coach for 9 years and has the most knowledge in individual player development with a focus on mobility and footwork. In addition, he has also been active as a fitness trainer.
Erik is active in YMCA Central Basket as head coach for HU19 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. In addition, he is responsible for Korpen’s basketball operations in Stockholm.
Erik’s drive and commitment to basketball training has a positive impact on the players he trains.
Coach Ugarte participated in both camp weeks this summer and will now do his second Next Level Camp year.
Aitor Paris, 25-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 has participated in NLC17 & 18 & 19 and will now participate in his fourth Next Level Camp.
Mikael “Knubbe” Nordqvist, 42 years old, has been active as a basketball coach for 27 seasons, of which the last 15 in Club IK Eos. This season he is a coach mentor and responsible NIU Instructor at Polhems Highschool in Lund.
Knubbe is step 4 trained and coached last season IK Eo’s women’s team in the Swedish Basketball League. He has also been a regional and youth national team coach for several years.
Knubbe’s sign is that he always cares about all the individuals he trains and many of the players continue to be active for a long time in basketball. He is passionate about player development and seeing players dare to do new things in matches.
In training, he likes to focus on a few things but with great variety. “Less is more”.
In 2021, Coach Nordqvist will make his first Next Level Camp
In other words, Coach Madani has a broad spectrum to start from when he trains kids.
Mohamed, who has also spent several seasons as a player in Basketettan 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 and despite his age has had time to participate in many different basketball camps for different clubs in Sweden and Spain. A committed coach that everyone wants in their camps.
Coach Madani, who has been with us since the start of Next Level Camp 2018, has been one of the most popular coaches at our camps and is now doing his fourth year at NLC.
She is a Step 3 trained coach and has many years of experience in the Regional Operations.
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.
Coach Kjällman is doing his second year as a coach at Next Level Camp this summer.
Zlangen, who has trained everything from 6-year-olds to men and women in div 1, has for the past 11 seasons been active in Djursholm Indians where he is employed full time as a youth coach.
Previous clubs are Söderköping, IFK Linköping, KFUM Lidingö, Stockholmspolisen, Skuru Basket and Växjö Queens.
Magnus loves working with kids, both boys and girls, and prefers training before matches and he is equally interested in individual development of players and refining their technical details.
This will be Coach Fogelberg’s third Next Level Camp.
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 third Next Level Camp in 2021
He has been working as a basketball coach in school with basketball classesl for 17 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.