We are confident if a young person has played and liked basketball at all levels of education up to now; they will be more likely to be playing outside of school and in a club based set up, or at the least will continue to play in their next level of studies.
Satellite clubs give a really great way for young people in education to experience basketball in a fun and informal way outside of the sessions they have in school. It doesn’t matter what ability you are, whether you’re in the team at school or have even played at all!
Another way for young people in education who are really interested in basketball and want to consider it as a career is the AASE programme. This is a nationally recognised sports based qualification which not only allows players to progress their playing game, but looks at all different elements of the sport. Visit the AASE section of our website for more details on whether this is something you or someone you know should pursue.
We also partner with the Association of Colleges Sport (AOC) who looks after sport in colleges all over the country and run leagues and events which are supported by us. The Elite Academy Basketball League (EABL) is a league we run in partnership with the AOC who runs the highest level of competition for schools and colleges, so if you’re committed to basketball and want to play competitively at a high level, it might be worth looking at a college who is involved in this. The league involves all the institutions which run our AASE programme and the other teams are made up of schools and colleges which have previously achieved basketball success.
If you’re at university and want to play basketball, chances are you will play in the BUCS league (British Universities & Colleges Sport). They are all about enhancing a student’s experience through sport. They deliver whole bunch of sports (over 50!) to around 170 educational institutions.
The BUCS basketball programme has over 300 teams entered from over 120 institution, so you can see it’s a really popular option and will be played at most universities in the country. The leagues are played October-March and lead into a number of high profile knock out competitions.
The BUCS leagues are a fantastic way for you to play basketball at university; have fun, make friends, improve your game and increase your experience of playing in competitive games.
Not every team in university needs to enter the BUCS league, it may be that there are a number of teams at your institution and some of them choose to enter the National League and play competitively there. And if you’re interested in playing in the local area in a more relaxed, social environment then teams from universities are more than welcome to join one of the Local leagues.
If the competitive side of basketball isn’t for you, but you still want to be involved, loads of universities will also provide social basketball opportunities for students, whether this is organised intra mural competition, or pitch up and play recreational sessions.
For more information please visit BUCS.