City of Leeds Basketball Foundation
The City of Leeds Basketball Foundation (COLBF) is a not-for-profit organisation whose agenda is to drive, develop and support the Leeds and West Yorkshire basketball community.
The foundation was formed in 2010 following the evolution a partnership between Leeds Beckett University and the Leeds North-East School Sports Partnership based at Carr Manor High School which went live in 2006 driven by Director of Basketball Matt Newby. At this point in time the Leeds basketball fraternity was fragmented with pockets of small activity and only Leeds Tigers Basketball club working actively to drive the sport forward in the city. The City of Leeds Basketball Foundation have since committed to develop both the participation and performance pathways for a large number of participants from across the West Yorkshire region.
We have four areas central to the City of Leeds programme, essentially defining its focus:
Performance Pathway Development
Participation and Community Development
Facility Access and Development
Social Agendas and Education
Fast forward to 2019 and the City of Leeds Legacy is growing with 10 teams active in Basketball England's Junior National League structure, a thriving Basketball Academy based at Allerton High School and growth in partnerships throughout the region. The COLBF will continue to deliver curricular and extracurricular sessions, community development initiatives and special projects with such partners as Basketball England, Yorkshire Sport, North Yorkshire Sport, Youth Services and West Yorkshire Police.
The club holds both Sport England and England Basketball Club Mark accreditation as well as Basketball England Five Star club status. Each accreditation outlines the club’s commitment and dedication to the development of a basketball community in Leeds and the West Yorkshire Region ensuring a safe and friendly environment for all its members, encouraging long standing engagement and offering opportunities to develop basketball players, coaches, officials and volunteers.
“To become central to the advancement of Basketball on a local, regional and national level, with the aspiration of constructing a pathway underpinned by a commitment to: Community, Collaboration, Performance and Excellence.”
Future Focus 2018 - 2022
To continue the development of a robust participation structure, ensuring young people who have experienced the sport for the first time within COLBF curriculum delivery or community initiatives and projects have the opportunity to compete locally in Central Venue League (CVL) competition open to the broader region. On a monthly basis there will be U9's, U11's and U13's local and regional CVL competitions all year round. Additionally we will continue to develop our U12's regional and national competitions that have seen significant growth in the last two years with specific focus on launching a U12's National Invitational Tournament for girls.
To be become consistently competitive at a national league level and become an annual contender at U14’s, U16’s and U18’s level in both the boys and girls competitions. We aspire to generate such numbers that we will have the capacity to field three teams at each age group. This will be further enhanced by an U12’s pre-national league academy where talented young players identified from bounce and the younger tiers of the CVL structure will be fast tracked.
To become a national leader in the development of the Women’s game in terms of participation, development and performance.
To maintain a strong and productive working relationship with Basketball England and remain a preferred destination for national and international events.
To continue our assistance in the growth and development of the regional and national performance pathway by supporting and hosting Regional Tournaments, Regional Performance Centres and National Teams.
To further develop our post-16 provision at Allerton High School where the City of Leeds Basketball Academy is based, becoming a national contender who is highly competitive in both English Schools and EABL competition. This will include the expansion of our current provision for female athletes. We aim to be one of the destinations nationally placed in the same bracket as Barking Abbey, Charnwood, Myerscough and Oaklands.
Continue supporting and developing the local high school competition, specifically at U12’s U14’s and U16’s. This includes maintaining a commitment to hosting Partnership, City and West Yorkshire finals and developing each event on a yearly basis.
A feasibility study of developing a purpose-built basketball facility for the region with 3000 seats and four courts designated to basketball.
To foster new aspects of the relationship we have with Leeds Beckett University; specifically in workforce development and opportunities for students including those studying sports coaching, sports development, sports business management, physical education, sports therapy, physiotherapy, marketing and sports event management.
City of Leeds Basketball Club
The City of Leeds Basketball Club is the foundation of our performance pathway through which talented players get exposure to regional and national competition. We currently have 10 teams active in Basketball England's Junior National League Structure with aspirations in 2019-20 of expanding to 15.
City of Leeds Basketball Academy
The City of Leeds Basketball Academy, based at Allerton High School, is the pinnacle of our performance pathway catering for players who are looking to study their post-16 options whilst being immersed in a basketball performance environment.