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INSPIRE ACHIEVE EXCEL

 

CITY OF LEEDS BASKETBALL ACADEMY

Established in 2014 the City of Leeds Basketball Academy provides a rich academic and sporting environment for post-16 students both male and female.

Based at Allerton High School (OFSTED Outstanding) in Leeds West Yorkshire, the programme is tailored for those student athletes who wish to marry studying their A-Level or BTEC qualifications with an outstanding performance environment.  The 6th Form at Allerton has a diverse portfolio of subject areas, coupled with exceptional teaching and a genuine student-centred approach. The program has a strong history of developing talent with a number of alumni representing Great Britain and receiving scholarships both in the USA and domestically. The academy provides a comprehensive training program with 8-12 hours of high level coaching on a weekly basis, complemented by 4-6 hours of strength and conditioning support.  Furthermore our teams compete in the U18’s Men’s and Women’s Junior National League as well as the Academies Basketball League (Men) and AOC Sport Regional competitions (Women).  Additionally the COLBA has several international partnerships including Red Star Belgrade in Serbia and PAS Giannina Women’s Basketball Club in Greece.  Working together with these organisations has seen our players benefit significantly with annual tours for training camps and games in Europe, as well as highly regarded coaches visiting Leeds to instruct on our annual summer camps.

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ALLERTON 
HIGH SCHOOL

Enabling young people to achieve success

OFSTED OUTSTANDING

 

CITY OF LEEDS BASKETBALL ACADEMY

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ALLERTON HIGH SCHOOL

Outstanding Academic Partner

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BASKETBALL ENGLAND

National Governing Body

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THE ACADEMY BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Elite Competition

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COLBA ACADEMY

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RED STAR BELGRADE

International Partnership

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PAS GIANNINA PARTNERSHIP

International Partnership

 
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COLBA COACHING STAFF

Andrew Langford

Andrew is the Head Coach at the City of Leeds Basketball Academy, has vast experience in basketball and the broader sports performance domain.  He holds and MSc in Sports and Exercise physiology from Leeds Metropolitan University and throughout the last 15 years he has worked with elite athletes and teams as strength and conditioning consultant.  He has worked with GB Basketball, Basketball England and GB Ski and Snowboard, furthermore he is currently a consultant for boxing world champion Josh Warrington.


He holds a Basketball England Level 3 coaching certification.  In the basketball domain he represented England as a youth international and earned a scholarship to Linfield College in the USA and played four years in NCAA D3 whilst earning his degree in biology. When he returned to UK he played professionally for the Sheffield Sharks in the BBL and then transferred to play for Leeds Carnegie under Coach Matt Newby.  At Leeds Carnegie he was named captain and would lead the team to the D2 League title and the Patrons Cup.  Furthermore he would go on to captain the England Universities representative team in the home nation’s tournament.

 

COLBA ALUMNI

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DANIEL EVANS

AHS 2008-15

2015-16

Andover Prep

2016-18

University of Maine NCAA D1 

2018-20

St Anselm University NCAA D2

2020-21 

Club Bàsquet L'Hospitalet LEB Silver 

National Team 

England U14's

England U15's

England U16's 

England U18's 

GB U20's 

VASJA PANDZA

AHS 2012-2017

2017-19 

The Kiski School 

2019-20

The Hotchkiss School 

2020-21 
Seattle University NCAA D1 

National Team

England U15's

GB U16's 

GB U20's 


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JAKA PANDZA

AHS 2010-2017

2017-18 

The Kiski School 

2018-2021

Franklin and Marshall NCAA D3

2021-22

Columbia University NCAA D1

(IVY League)

National Team

England U15's

England U16's 

GB Horizons U17's