Developing International Partnerships


“The Red and White are waiting for you, join us”

The City of Leeds Basketball Academy and Basketball Club are excited to announce a new partnership with Serbian Euro League 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.

The Director of the City of Leeds Basketball Academy, Matt Newby was keen to impress the significance of brokering this relationship stating :

“The nature of this agreement is a step towards a new era in our program, to be affiliated with the Red Star brand and expose our players and coaching staff to European Basketball at this level is a genuine privilege”

The Red Star Senior team compete in the Turkish Airlines Euro League, the Adriatic League and the Serbian National League and have fostered some of the finest talents to play the international game.  Serbian Basketball continues to influence the European landscape with many coaches plying their trade overseas, carrying strong reputations in how they deliver the game from a technical and tactical perspective as well as the unrivalled consistency in developing total players with high basketball IQ’s. 


The Serbian National team has had great success in recent years with EuroBasket Silver Medals in 2009 and 2017, a World Cup Silver Medal in 2014 and an Olympic Silver Medal in 2016. Their world Ranking is currently 3rd, behind Spain and the USA.  An interesting statistic is the populations of these three countries (USA) 323.1 Million, (Spain) 46.56 Million and (Serbia) 7.057 Million; these figures identify the significance of basketball to this nation and incredible return they get from their basketball fraternity.  Matt Newby endorses these statistics with his observations following multiple visits to Belgrade:

“the sport is a religion to the Serbian people and the passion and desire to compete and succeed is unquestionable”.


Furthermore, he reinforced the positive impact he feels this relationship will have on his programme:


“I think it’s an incredible opportunity to access the knowledge and experience of the Red Star community and its integral for our own ascension that the Academy, our Coaches and Junior players experience what the benchmark looks and feels like. I feel that this is the right time to look East and continue to redefine who we are as a programme and I would personally like to thank Mr Dejan Ignjatovic Director of the Red Star Sports School and Mr Davor Ristovic General Manager: BC Red Star Mts Belgrade for endorsing and facilitating this agreement.”

The Red Star Camp will return for 2019 following and outstanding inaugural camp in 2018.  The Dates for the camp are the 28th of July 2018 to the 2nd of August 2019.  To book your place please get in touch. The camp has residential and non-residential options and is competitively priced, residential £450.00 and Non - Residential £300.00.

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“Train With The Best, Be The Best”

Coaching Staff  

The Red Star Basketball Camp staff are hand picked to offer the campers, the very best learning environment, with coaches who have worked at the very pinnacle of the game.

Last year we had an incredible staff including: 



Master Coach

Mandarić Milan Red Star Belgrade

Master Coach



Matthew Newby City of Leeds Basketball Academy

Master Coach

Manny Bloom Gulliver Prep

Master Coach

Neal Hopkins Myerscough College Basketball Academy

Master Coach

Craig Nicol City of Edinburgh Basketball Club

Head Coach

Troy Culley Myerscough College Basketball Academy

Head Coach

Gary Carter Richard Huish College


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