'He's an inspiration' - Basketball player and freestyler Tarryn Algar awarded honorary degree

Basketballer, freestyler and 3x3 pioneer Tarryn Algar has been awarded an honorary degree by Writtle University College in Essex.  

The popular Algar is one of the UK's most skilled freestylers and part of the ‘Asphalt Assassins’ 3x3 team that has been ranked number one in the country. 

He has been given honorary degree for distinction in sport for the promotion of the basketball industry.

Writtle University College’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Middleton said:  

"We were delighted to confer honorary awards as part of our graduation ceremony. Tarryn Algar is an inspiration to our students and has made incredible contributions to 3x3 basketball.” 

Algar said:  

“I'm thrilled to be accepting this honorary degree. To be recognised for something that I've put my heart and soul into and feel so passionately about is a great feeling.” 


In 2021, Tarryn took part in the launch of Writtle University College 3x3 basketball facilities. The University College’s outstanding courts have been used by professional athletes, for student sporting events, community sessions, and school tournaments. 

The basketball veteran has worked with Basketball England on campaigns such as Streetball Challenge and #ProjectSwish and has travelled all around the world freestyling and playing in major tournaments such as Jump 10 in Shanghai, China and the RedBull World Finals in Toronto, Canada.  

More recently he represented Great Britain in the European Masters Championships in Malaga, Spain.  

A familiar face to basketball fans, he is recognisable from documentaries, adverts, TV shows – and even played a lead character in a British basketball movie called Freestyle.  

This summer, Algar and his 3x3 team were filmed by an ITV crew for a documentary based on British Basketball that will be aired next month.

The amazing 3x3 courts at Writtle College which Tarryn helped launch last year

Educator and mentor 

Algar has also coached and motivated thousands of young people over the years and continues to do so at Bow School in East London where he is head coach and mentor. He is currently building his own basketball academy with a mission to promote the sport and give the next generation an opportunity to grow a passion for the game.

Writtle University College  

Writtle University College offers further and higher education sports courses on its countryside estate near Chelmsford. The University College’s facilities include a new Centre of Sport and Health which supports students, athletes and the local community. It is also home to the Writtle Performance Centre, a physiology lab that supports athletic performance. In 2023, the University College will offer two new Health, Sport and Wellbeing degree courses; BSc (Hons) Health and Exercise Psychology and BSc (Hons) Health and Physical Literacy. 

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