Cooperation and Community 

The City of Leeds Basketball Foundation, Club and Academy have a commitment to working with partners on a local, regional, national and international level to foster the growth of strong pathways for young people in the sport of basketball.



Creating an International Performance Partnership.

The City of Leeds Basketball Academy and Basketball Club announced in November 2017 a new partnership  with Serbian Euroleague Giant KK Crvena Zveda Mts Belgrade.  The freshly signed cooperation agreement with “Red Star Belgrade”, will see the City of Leeds Basketball Academy benefit from support in three areas:

  • The professional development of coaching staff including an annual CPD visit to Red Star

  • Performance training camps at the Red Star Sports School in Belgrade for the COL Academy and their Junior National League affiliates

  • The opportunity to host a Red Star Camp in the UK with the Serbian outfits very best youth coaches flying in to preach and teach the Red Star way

Additionally, COL Academy athletes who meet the elite and exacting criteria of the Red Star pathway will then gain access to further opportunities for them to pursue their aspirations and dreams.



Delivering excellence in both education and performance.

In 2011 a unique partnership for the West Yorkshire region was established between the City of Leeds Basketball Club and Allerton High School and subsequently the COL Basketball Academy was formed.  This relationship provides a post-16 pathway for talented young men and women to align their studies with playing basketball at the highest levels in the UK.  Allerton has an exemplary record both in its 6th Form and the lower school.  Recent OFSTED inspections have been very complimentary of the learning environment and sense of community.  In December 2018 the school was awarded outstanding across all areas, with the following commentary outlining and defining its exceptional educational environment:


"Allerton High is a harmonious community. Pupils show high levels of respect towards other pupils and with adults in school.  Pupils Actively Support each other and celebrate differences."

"Members of staff know individual pupils' academic and pastoral needs very well. The behaviour team and the achievement team support pupils to stay focused and make progress."


"The curriculum is responsive to pupils' interests and needs. The way in which is is organised helps to motivate pupils. The structure of the curriculum helps the pupils to reach high standards."

"Students in the sixth form benefit from strong teaching and high quality pastoral support. There is variability across subjects, but overall provision is outstanding.  Sixth form students are excellent role models for younger pupils."

The Basketball Academy currently compete in the Basketball England's Junior National League U18's Premiership, the U18's Development League, the National Cup, the Academies Basketball League (ABL) and the AOC Cup Competitions.  The Academy finished with the silver medal in the 2015-16 National Cup campaign and furthermore finished with a Number 2 ranking in the nation and another silver medal in the 2016-17 U18's JNL Playoffs.  The academy continues to foster talent that represent both our region (Yorkshire) and our nation (Great Britain).   In the 2017 European Championships no less than three of our former players were on national teams duties. This included Vasja Pandza GB U16's, Micah Savery Richards GB U18's and Daniel Evans GB U20's.



A long established  relationship in local and regional community development.

We have a long established relationship with Basketball's National Governing Body.  Their remit as the national governing body of the sport in England is to administer and govern basketball at all levels for participants of every age and ability while offering specialist guidance on improving standards of the game, facilitating education and training opportunities and delivering a competitive outlet through leagues and tournaments such as the National League.


Their Mission is:


"To provide an inspirational basketball experience for more people, more often."  


This is underpinned by their vision:

'For everyone in England to have the opportunity to discover, enjoy and experience the game.’


The City of Leeds Basketball Foundation Club and Academy embrace this directive and have worked collaboratively on numerous areas of the sports development, including the BE Satellite Club initiative, the LBU Arena refurbishment, hosting national team's training, regional squad training and regional performance centres as well as regional and national competitions and tournaments.   



A home for City of Leeds Basketball, providing an inspiring setting for young people to consider higher education and utilising sport to fulfill their aspirations.

The nature of the relationship with Leeds Beckett University is long established and the outputs have been incredibly positive.  In 2011 the City of Leeds programme (formerly Leeds Carnegie Basketball Club) worked in partnership with Basketball England and LBU to renovate the former Leeds Gymnastics Centre at the University's Headingley site.  The project proposal and bid process was managed and delivered by COL director Matthew Newby, ultimately accessing in excess of £275,000 of investment from the NGB and University, creating a permanent base for the City of Leeds programmes to maintain their impact on developing the sport. The regional facility, boasting three full size courts provides a venue for local, regional and national competitions is a regional performance centre venue and hosts regional and national teams trainings.


Furthermore the COL structure provides opportunities for those studying undergraduate or postgraduate courses at LBU to access real world experiences.  This will often see students from courses in the sports domain such as coaching, development, physical activity and health and physical education embarking on work experience programs with COL to accrue much needed time in the working world.  Additionally there a number of current students that have followed the pathway from our junior club all the way to Higher Education, representing the university in sport and studying their chosen degree, embracing the synergies in a sporting and educational context.



Competing with the Best.

The ABL (Academy Basketball League) is a junior basketball competition in the UK, featuring the Under-19 programmes from around the country.  This weekly competition thoroughly supports the needs of potential elite athletes by giving them the opportunity to test their skills at the highest level possible during the academic calendar.



Regional Partner

Yorkshire Sport Foundation's vision is to create a vibrant, healthy and prosperous Yorkshire through sport, supporting the work of local, regional and national organisations. 

The focus of Yorkshire Sport sees three main themes: 

CONNECT: We work with the District Activity Partnerships (DAPs) bringing together organisations to plan and create the environment for better delivery.

INFLUENCE: We believe in the power of sport and physical activity to change people’s lives.

PROVIDE: Our charitable status as a CSP allows us to identify and fill gaps in provision across the nine districts.

The City of Leeds Basketball Foundation has a long standing relationship with Yorkshire Sport and supports the West Yorkshire Youth Games annually as well as delivering on initiatives within Leeds and the surrounding area supported and funded by Yorkshire Sport.


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