Head Coach and Director
Kiril Raykov is our head coach and director. He has over 14 years of experience as a professional basketball player and over 10 years as a coach. He has a Bachelor’s degree in coaching and a Master’s degree in conditioning, with a number of qualifications in the sport. Cyril graduated from FC Barcelona University as a conditioning coach, specialising in team training. He is a sports nutrition and recovery specialist .
Kiril Raikov is the head coach of the elite Nike basketball camp in America, where more than 10 years he is training hundreds of kids from all over the world in New York.
His invaluable knowledge and international experience combine the best of American and European teaching methods. Coach K knows how to develop everyone’s potential in the most effective way possible.
Manager at BC Grengevald, Louxemburg
After 10 years as a coach in one of the best youth club in Bulgaria BUBA Basketball, where he was its executive director as well, Manuel takes over the position of head coach at BC Montana. Right now he is manager and youth coordinator in BC Grengewald in Luxembourg.
Manuel Markov has a long and successful career as a professional basketball player.
With over 10 years of coaching experience, Markov is one of the best and most established professionals in Bulgaria.
As a coach of the national teams for juniors under 16 and twice for juniors under 18, he participated in European Championships, where his competitors were selected as MVP (most valuable player)
Head Coach at BK Rilski Sportist U12, U14
Katerina Aneva Rudeva graduated from the National Sports Academy “Vasil Levski” with a Master’s degree. Last year “Rilski Sportist” became division champions at 12 and 14 years. Former coach of girls and boys born in 2011. She is currently the coach of girls born in 2015-2016. She became champion with U12 with girls born 2010 and a few months later she became champion with the same team, taking the cup for U14.
Former player, who has 3 first places as a student at NSA. Two-time champion and winner of the cup with the BC Haskovo team, with which she also won two bronze medals. Former player of BC Rila Sportsist, Levski Sofia, NSA, Haskovo and Lukoil. She finished her career taking all the first places as a student and player for the Haskovo team, winning the cup and the championship.
This year the place of the event again, as last year will be in the town of Samokov. The trainings will be held in the big hall of Arena Samokov, and the accommodation will be in the Grand Hotel, located right next to it.
The limit of the camp is 60 kids, so each coach will work and concentrate in no more than 10-15 kids. We focus on quality before quantity and give our best to make the camp amazing experience for the participants.
The format of The Jam Camp provides a fantastic opportunity to improve your strength and conditioning and basketball skills, practicing English in a multi-cultural environment. And all this in the middle of the fresh air at the foot of Rila Mountain.
“Our Summer Factory for Talents” welcomes young athletes (girls and boys between 10-18 years old) who want to improve their game under the mentorship of industry experts.
We believe that true development comes from personal attitudes. That is why at The Jam Camp we apply world-renowned methods that aim to develop the potential of each participant in the most effective way.
Turn your potential into a weapon to victory!
Improve your skills in a friendly atmosphere, where sportsmanship is part of the game!
The JAM Camp gives you the opportunity to acquire new skills, upgrade old ones and all this while having fun with friends and practicing English.
The camp will take place within 2 weeks, and each participant will have the opportunity to register by choosing from the following options:
I training week – 09.07 – 15.07.2023
II training week – 16.07 – 22.07.2023
Full package – 09.07 – 22.07.2023
Deadline for registration – 26.06.2023
Samokov, Bulgaria – First week
Samokov Arena Sport Hall
Important – Transport to Samokov is not included.
The Jam Combine
A format in which all participants will go through various physical and technical tests (strength, speed, rebound, shooting, ball handling) modeled on the National Basketball Association (NBA) in America. The aim is to get an idea of the level of newcomers, and the regular participants to adjust the clock and compare their progress with the previous camp. Each test will carry points that will accumulate, and at the end of the week someone will win the The Jam Combine Cup.
Fundamentals first approach to basketball
Every morning the trainings will be focused on the development of the fundamentals techniques in basketball in defense and offense. Participants will go through various stations to improve ball handling, shooting, passing, defense and offense and more.
3vs3, 5vs5 and 1vs1 tournaments
During the week there are different types of tournaments and games 1on1, 3on3 and 5on5. Here the children should apply what they have learned from the morning stations. One of the days there is a match between the participants and the coaches. If there are willing parents to get involved they are welcome. There will be a tournament winner from each age group at the end of the week.
Lectures and special guests
We will be visited by people who have something to share and from who we have something to learn. These are experts in the field of basketball, or successful people whose motivation will inspire you.
You need to secure your own transport to and from Samokov.