September 17th 2021

The COLBC coaching ranks will be bolstered by a young cohort of coaches with strong ambitions. Murray Bingham, Jake Shuttlewood and Ryan Weir have all committed to the 2021/22 season and will work both within the community program and the Junior National League set up. 

Murray is a former COLBC player and is currently studying at Leeds Beckett University on the Science and Sports Performance Degree. He holds a Basketball England Level 2 Coaching certification and is excited about the opportunity to work with the U18 boys development team who will be competing in the U18 Conference North.  

Murray commented on the opportunity: 

"I have been given a great opportunity to develop as a coach and give back to the club I played for when I was younger. It is also a great opportunity to put into  practice what I am learning whilst on my course at LBU."  

Jake is entering his second year of the Sports Coaching Degree at Leeds Beckett University and has been working within the community and JNL program since the club returned to training. He will be working with Coach Dave Piggott focused on developing our U11 and U12 boys squads. 

Jake is excited to be returning to the floor and stated: 

"The opportunity to develop the young talent in the club is exciting and I feel that with the wealth of experience the coaching team has, I am going to continue to develop as coach both technically and tactically."

Ryan is joining us from the York Eagles, has and undergraduate degree in sports coaching from York St Johns University, and is currently studying for his MSc in Physical Education and Sports Coaching at the same institution. He holds a BE level 2 coaching certification and as a player represented Scotland as a youth international. Furthermore Ryan will be working with the City of Leeds Basketball Academy at Allerton High School, developing the schools age group teams and developing a whole school pathway.

Ryan is keen to get going: 

"The opportunity to be part of such a rich coaching community was key to me taking a role with COLBC. Having seen the community, development and performance elements of the club, I felt it would be a great place to advance my coaching.  Furthermore being given the responsibility of working with the young players at Allerton High School in curriculum time, and in the after school setting will be really rewarding and I look forward to contributing to the expansion of the basketball pathway in the school."

COLBC Director Matt Newby was keen to comment on the trio of appointments: 

"The appointment of three young talented coaches who can contribute on multiple levels of our pathway is a game changer. Each are keen to develop and learn, and I am excited to see how they evolve."

For anyone wishing to join our club or community sessions, please contact for full info.