COLBC Origins Episode 2 - Anna Nevison
Episode 2 of our COLBC Origins series focuses on former Leeds player Anna Nevison who currently plays with the highly regarded Solent programme. She is playing Senior Women’s basketball and WEABL, and is just coming onto the National Teams radar. She recently played in the Hoopsfix All-Star Classic and has garnered significant interest from multiple NCAA Divison 1 programmes in the USA She joined our programme aged 11 following picking up a ball with the Bradford Dragons and stayed with us for 3 years before moving on to further her development. As a COLBC youth player she was under the guidance and stewardship of Coach Ben Allen, who helped foster her high level skill set and basketball IQ, which would see her selected for, and represent Yorkshire on several occasions. As a young female athlete, she is striving to achieve her goals of earning a scholarship to the USA and is an excellent role model to our expanding girls programme at COLBC. COLBC director Matt Newby commented on Episode 2 of our COLBC Origins series: “Witnessing Anna’s ascension within the domestic ranks has been a pleasure and is testament to her own hard work, diligence and attitude to the game. I am very pleased that she continues to pursue her childhood aspirations and that the COLBC programme, specifically Ben Allen as her age group coach, has contributed so significantly to her development. She’s an excellent role model for the young girls and women of our club and really is someone that has never missed an opportunity to get better. Whether in individual practice, summer camps or an extra 15 mins pre or post-practice, she is someone that doesn’t miss. We would like to wish her all the best in her future endeavours and look forward to seeing her back on the court in Leeds soon.” For any girls wishing to join our club or community sessions, please contact email@example.com for full info.
COLBC Origins Episode 1 - Danny Evans
COLBC Origins will focus on the journeys members of the Community, Club and Academy, have taken over the years. The first of our COLBC Origins interviews will highlight the path that City of Leeds standout Daniel Evans has taken as he talks about his basketball journey. Daniel is from north Leeds and first picked up a basketball when identified in a gifted and talented programme at Alwoodley Primary School in Leeds. He continued his education at Allerton High School and attended 6th form whilst being part of the inaugural COLBA cohort. Daniel played for our program at every level in the junior national league, and furthermore trained and played for the senior men. He represented Yorkshire at U13, U15, and U17 levels and was introduced to national teams at the age of 14. He has represented England and GB at U15, U16, U18 and U20. He earned basketball Scholarships in America to attend Andover Prep, the University of Maine (NCAA D1) and St Anselm University (NCAA D2). In his final 2 seasons at St Anselm their team was ranked amongst the top in NCAA Division 2 and in his junior they went to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. Daniel has signed his second professional contract this summer and will play in LEB SIlver in Spain for Villarrobledo. The 6'4 guard has spent much of the summer giving back to the club, coaching in community sessions, working with each of our 12 JNL and Regional teams and delivering his own signature camp. He also took the time to drop in to both Allerton High School and Alwoodley Primary school to work with aspiring student athletes. Director of Basketball Matt Newby commented on Daniels journey: "Danny has always been locked in on achieving his goals. From obtaining a scholarship, to representing his country and most recently signing in Europe; the Spanish leagues are a great proving ground for professional athletes and I am certain this season we will witness a great deal of growth". "His journey continues to inspire as does his presence around the club in the summers when he comes back. The return he has got from investing in himself and basketball is a great example of youth sports programs and clubs providing opportunities, and influencing a young person's trajectory. He is a great role model and he is always willing to give back. The children around our club and broader community have benefitted from his involvement and input over the summer, and a new generation of children now have similar Hoop Dreams and it's our responsibility to support them." Thank you to video producer Kieron Nevison. Anyone wishing to take their first steps into basketball should reach out to the club at firstname.lastname@example.org for full info.