Basketball Star Academy

A unique programme for passionate basketball players

About Basketball Star Academy

Do you play basketball at elite level and do you want to combine your passion for basketball with an internationally recognized high school education? 

In collaboration with Sportstar College, Ikast-Brande Gymnasium gives you the possibility of completing the IB programme ( without compromising your passion for basketball. We are highly experienced in combining elite sports with high school education, without compromising either. 

We offer our students a chance to complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, recognized across the world for its rigorousness and high academic standards. The IB programme is tuition free for all EU citizens. 

You may read more about our IB programme here: 

About the IB


Discount for basketball players in 2024-2025:

Full package (College stay and training package*): The first 10 registered players get a 30% discount on the package. Contact us for more info.

Local students without the need to stay at school: 50% on the training package.

*Normal price for the training package is DKK 2,000 per month.

Basketball Star Academy gives you:

  • An IB education tailored to the needs of athletes, with room for morning and evening practices, without compromising your education. 
  • 4 evening practices weekly, and 3 morning practices. 
  • Physical training, individual skills training and review film to enhance player performance. 
  • State-of-the-art training facilities at Ikast-Brande Gymnasium – your classrooms and your sport are literally located door-to-door. 
  • Our Basketball Head Coach is highly experienced in coaching both youth elite players, national youth teams and adult professional basketballers.   
  • Athlete-friendly accommodation with on-site adult supervision and full board: 
  • Professional testing centre – Qtest – which tests your performance level as an athlete to help you understand and improve your performance. 
  • Elite sports environment with a long track record of developing some of Denmark’s highest performing professional athletes. 
  • More than 25 years of experience with sports and education programmes. 

Programme design

Basketball Star College allows you to practice basketball 3 mornings a week, before classes, as well as 4 times in the evening each week. 

Our keyword in designing your sports and school programme is flexibility. With an IB sports education, you achieve the same quality IB education as your peers, without compromising your goals as an athlete. We individualize your IB programme by moving tests, offering you extra tutoring if you are away for games and miss classes, and keep tabs on your wellbeing through our sports coordinator who supports you throughout your time at our school. 

To the left, you can see an example of what your timetable may look like as an IB athlete: 

Price: 2000 dkk monthly for 11 months.

This includes a start package with basketball gear, as well as tournament fees, the cost of transportation to and from games, as well as fees for our Head Coach. 

All basketball students are part of Sportstar College, either as day students or boarders. The cost of Sportstar College can be found here: 


Ville boasts 20+ years in professional basketball as a player, head coach, and sports director. He’s led national teams in Finland, Denmark, and Sweden. After excelling in youth national teams, he played for nine years in EuroCup, NEBL, and the Finnish national teams. Ville also coached in the FIBA Europe Cup and served as Sports Director.

His accolades include coaching Bakken Bears to a 2014 Danish Basketligaen victory and leading Denmark to the U20 men’s Nordic Championships triumph in 2023. Ville holds top professional coaching certificates in Finland.


Training facilities


You are always welcome to contact us...

Gitte Vestergaard Pilley (GP)

IB Coordinator

phone+45 9715 3611


Gitte Vestergaard Pilley (GP)

Jesper Hvam (JS)

Elite Basketball coordinator

phone+45 9715 3611


Jesper Hvam (JS)

Sune Thejsen Thyssen (ST)

Elite Basketball coordinator

phone+45 9715 3611


Sune Thejsen Thyssen (ST)

Bøgildvej 6, DK-7430 Ikast   •   phone +45 9715 3611   •   mail   •    mail sikker(secure) mail

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