CITY OF LEEDS BASKETBALL ACADEMY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
HOW DO WE RANK IN CONTRAST TO OTHER ACADEMIES?
In terms of academics, Allerton offers a high-order academic environment, the mission statement of the school is reflected in all facets of school life, “Enabling young people to achieve success” and is central to the school’s agenda and resonates well the City of Leeds Academy’s credo “Inspire Achieve Excel”.
The school consistently performs well and has received strong reports from Ofsted highlighting the educational quality. The 6th form continues to go from strength-to-strength and genuinely has a formula for bringing out the best in each intake.
On the court the Basketball programme has proved very competitive consistently producing high quality players. In 2015-2016 the Academy reached the National Cup Finals in the Basketball England U18’s Junior National League Category and finished with a silver medal. Furthermore, in 2016-2017 we made the U18’s Premier National playoff finals and would finish as Number 2 in the nation.
WHO DELIVERS THE ACADEMY PROGRAMME?
Head Coach Matt Newby has been at the helm since the programme’s inception and continues to drive many of the core interests of the Leeds Basketball fraternity. He is also Director and Head Coach of the Leeds Beckett University Basketball programme.
Matt also steers the work of the COL Basketball foundation, its community interests and the COL Junior National League club. Over the last 15 years he has dedicated himself to building a performance and development pathway for the sport in Leeds and West Yorkshire.
Matt is currently a Basketball England Level 3 Advanced Coach as well as being a qualified coach educator. He holds a degree in Sports Coaching and Applied Social Sciences and is passionate about developing quality players. On the back of this delivery he has led on the development and growth of a Junior National League club which now boasts 14 junior teams who participate in Basketball England’s national league structure. Whilst directing community development, he has also taken Leeds Beckett University from NL D4 to NL D1, collecting consecutive promotions and multiple accolades and furthermore was the architect of the programme's jump to the BBL.
Coach Newby’s Club Honours
2016-17 U18’s Play-offs Runners Up
2015- 16 U18’s National Cup Runners Up
2013-14 National League Division 1 Playoff Champions
2012-13 National Cup Winners
2012-13 BUCS Championships Playoffs Silver Medal
2011-12 BUCS Championships Playoffs Bronze Medal
2010-11 National League Division 1 Playoff Finals Runners Up
2010-11 National Trophy Runners Up
2009-10 Leeds Metropolitan University Coach of the Year
2009-10 National League Division 1 3rd Place
2009-10 BUCS Championships Playoffs Gold Medal
2009-10 BUCS Premier (North) Winners
2008-09 National League D2 League Winners
2008-09 National League D2 Playoff Finals Runners Up
2008-09 Patrons Cup Winners
2008-09 BUCS Premier (North) Winners
2008-09 BUCS Championships Playoffs Bronze Medal
2008-09 EBBA D2 Coach of the Year
2007-08 National League D3 (North) League Winners
2007-08 National League D3 Play Off Champions
2007-08 BUCS Premier (North) Winners
2007-08 BUCS Championships Playoffs Bronze Medal
2007-08 EBBA D3 Coach of the Year Matt Newby
2006-07 National League Division 4 (North) League Winners
2006-07 National Shield Winners
2006-07 BUCS 1A (North) Winners
2006-07 EBBA D4 Coach of Year
2006-07 National League Division 4 (North) League Winners
HOW DOES A STUDENT BALANCE THEIR COMMITMENTS AT SCHOOL AND ON THE BASKETBALL COURT?
The players are asked to prioritise their respective commitments and organise their schedules which is supported by Head Coach, Matthew Newby and Head of 6th Form, Mr Ben Harding. Academic progress is monitored from the outset and should a student athlete fail to submit work, the quality of work not to be at the level expected or the student’s attendance not be consistent, then the respective student will be sanctioned and the time dedicated to basketball will be committed to academics until balance is restored. The expectation is the student athlete prioritises family, academics and basketball.
HOW DO WE TRAVEL TO GAMES?
With such a robust schedule we have a dedicated minibus registered (2017) from Allerton High School which services all games and allow our players to travel in comfort.
WHERE DO WE TRAIN AND PLAY?
The team train predominantly at Allerton High School but in an instance where there are conflicts in facility availability, we utilise the Leeds Beckett University Arena. EABL fixtures and England Schools Fixtures are also played at Allerton High School. Junior National League fixtures are currently played at Leeds Beckett University Arena.
Allerton High School, Alwoodley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 7AG, England
Leeds Beckett University Arena, Headingley Campus, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3QQ, England
WHAT PATHWAYS OR DESTINATIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO ACADEMY AT ALLERTON HS PLAYERS?
In the past four seasons the Academy has gone from strength to strength with a high percentage of our players, graduating and going to University either domestically or abroad. This is testimony to the level of support and quality of education the student athletes receive at Allerton High School. We have fostered a performance environment and consistently produce regional and national team players. In the 2016 - 2017 season we had representation at the European Championships in no less than three age groups, the GB U20’s would call up Daniel Evans (Currently attending Maine University NCAA Division 1 USA), Micah Savery - Richards would pull on his national team's jersey for the GB U18’s and Vasja Pandza would also travel and represent the GB U16’s. Additionally, we have consistently contributed to the regional performance program with multiple Yorkshire selections.
City of Leeds Basketball Academy Allerton HS Honour Roll
Daniel Evans (Class of 2015) Yorkshire U13's, Yorkshire U15's, Yorkshire U17's, England U15's, England U16's, England U18's and GB U20's.
Micah Savery - Richards (Class of 2017) Yorkshire U13's, Yorkshire U15's, Yorkshire U17's, England U15's, England U16's and England U18's.
Jaka Pandza (Class of 2017) Yorkshire U13's, Yorkshire U15's, Yorkshire U17's, England U15's and England U17's.
Vasja Pandza (Class of 2019) Yorkshire U13's, Yorkshire U15's, Yorkshire U17's, England U15's and GB U16's.
Edney Lopes (Class of 2015) Yorkshire U17's.
Abdul Aziz (Class of 2015) Yorkshire U17's.
Lucy Bentall (Class of 2016) Yorkshire U13's, Yorkshire U15's and Yorkshire U17's.
Josh Gill (Class of 2016) Yorkshire U13's, Yorkshire U15's and Yorkshire U17's.
Oliver England (Class of 2016) Yorkshire U13's, Yorkshire U15's and Yorkshire U17's.
James Banton (Class of 2016) Yorkshire U13's, Yorkshire U15's and Yorkshire U17's.
Louis Ogol (Class of 2017) Yorkshire U15's and Yorkshire U17's.
Max Ngonji (Class of 2017) Yorkshire U17's.
Jake Aldridge (Class of 2019) Yorkshire U15's and Yorkshire U17's.
Harry Resendez (Class of 2019) Yorkshire U13's, Yorkshire U15's and Yorkshire U17's.
Haben Malcolm-Warner (Class of 2019) Yorkshire U13's, Yorkshire U15's and Yorkshire U17's.