Updated: Oct 6
Following a successful bid to Sport England’s Together Fund, COLBC and 5 academic partners are working to drive the women’s and girls game in the city.
The project aims to directly impact the amount of young women that are playing basketball on a weekly basis by taking the sport into the school domain. By providing curriculum taster sessions, coupled with an after-school extra-curricular offer at each of the partner sites.
This high-impact method should provide girls with a stepping stone from being introduced to basketball to joining the City Of Leeds whole-programme offering. Partners on this programme include;
The Ruth Gorse Academy
Abbey Grange C of E Academy
Allerton High School
Allerton Grange School
One more site is due to go active in the Autumn term.
COLBC Director Matt Newby was upbeat about the proposition of creating a foundation for the girls game in Leeds:
“Developing opportunities for women and girls is at the forefront of our Club priorities and that of the National Governing Body. Creating local hubs where girls can access the game with relative ease at an early age is important and the fabric of sport in the city of Leeds is rich with young talent across our schools. Working with our partners, we hope to develop a clear pathway for girls to engage in basketball and benefit from the activity, whether that be as a community player or by stepping up into our club performance pathway and competing at the National League Level. Furthermore we hope for them to develop as young leaders, coaches and officials.”
Everyone at COLBC would like to thank our partners for going all in on this project with us, and sharing in our passion for providing young women in Leeds with opportunities to get in to basketball.