UK UNIVERSITIES

The majority of players that the research team spoke to in the study were not aware of the options to study at university and play basketball within the UK. That included youth level players (age group 11-15 and 16-19) and older players who had chosen the American route. To address this lack of awareness, the research team surveyed various universities and sought information about their support and sport scholarships that are available to basketball players.

Below is a detailed list of UK Universities that offer performance basketball programmes – this includes details of scholarships that are available:

Anglia Ruskin University +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • One full time member of staff who oversees the whole performance programme, head coaches for the men’s basketball programme, and a second part-time member of coaching staff who is the women’s basketball head coach.

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • Coaching staff evaluate players on a case-by-case basis, looking at: previous playing experience, consistent high performance levels within the programme, national team status and experience, NAIA and NCAA college experience, EABL and WEABL experience and attributes such as height, athleticism, personal qualities and leadership experience.

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • ARU Basketball provides both BUCS and NBL/WNBL competition outlets for performance athletes; including all coaching, support services, and administration covered within our programme

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • Student-athletes selected to represent university teams are supported to do so, and every effort is made for alternative teaching arrangements to be put in place. The sports department supports performance athletes on an individual basis to resolve any issues in this area.

Any additional information.

  • Prospective players stand to benefit from; expert coaching for both male and female players, competitive team practice, individualised player development sessions, strength and conditioning sessions and programming, physiotherapy support, performance analysis, 3x3 off-season competition outlets

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Birmingham City University +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • Men's and Women's Head Coaches (Both Level 3 qualified)

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • Currently playing National League, EABL (WEABL) or Regional Level (please note there is a limited number of places available). Please visit the website for more information

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • Official partnership with Team Birmingham (National League 2) - BCU Head Coach is also Team Birmingham Head Coach. BCU is the home of Team Birmingham
    Basketball.
  • Basketball England Regional Talent Hub

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • Basketball scholars are fully supported by a Scholarship Officer and bespoke plans are made for those who require academic support or flexibility. Regular meetings are held with course leaders to ensure basketballers meet their potential on and off court.

Any additional information.

  • Athletes receive full S&C, injury prevention, rehabilitation and performance analysis support.
  • Reduced accommodation costs are available for a select number of basketball players who represent both BCU and Team Birmingham each year.
  • BCU Sport support all athletes to gain coaching and other related qualifications and work experience.

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Bournemouth University +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • There are 2 qualified Level 3 Basketball Coaches that look after the performance programme and are employed by the university.

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • Must demonstrate excellence in basketball, and be part of a regional, national and/or international squad. Please visit the website for more detail.

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • Partnership with South Coast Tigers
  • Currently talking to a company who are potentially looking to support and establish an NBL team South West region

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • The Sport Development Manager works with the athletes to work with Academic Programme Leaders to find solutions to any clashes of classes and playing. The practice sessions and matches are scheduled to avoid clashes.

Any additional information.

  • All athletes as part of TeamBU receive injury support services to help them back into sport if required.
  • The strength and conditioning team work very closely with the performance athletes to give them the specific support they require.

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University of Brighton +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • There are experienced club coaches in both men's and women's basketball.

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • UK based athletes: National League experience or been part of a performance pathway
  • US based athletes: minimum of collegiate engagement in basketball

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • There are links with a local college and club to support athlete recruitment
  • Affiliate to Basketball England and link with them for coaching and officiating courses
  • TASS Dual Career Accredited Site

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • Academic flexibility support is provided to athletes where possible.

Any additional information.

  • n/a

CLICK HERE FOR THE UNIVERSITY WEBSITE

Buckinghamshire New University +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • Reading Rockets coach the women's team and work closely with the Students' Union and Academic Schools within the University.

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • Reading Rockets' endorsement of national league playing standard.

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • Partnership with Reading Rockets. Through the Director of Reading Rockets, the University is kept informed of the NGB's plans for HE involvement.

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • Performance lifestyle services are provided.
  • Close working with academic staff to ensure that flexibility is provided.
  • Regular access to Head of School and Associate Professor is provided.
  • There is a strong dual career ethos and close working between academic and sports staff.

Any additional information.

  • The partnership with Reading Rockets has facilitated both social and performance sport in basketball at the University.

CLICK HERE FOR THE UNIVERSITY WEBSITE

Cardiff Metropolitan University +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • Stefanie Collins – Women’s Head Coach scollins@cardiffmet.ac.uk
  • James Dawe – Men’s Head Coach jdawe@cardiffmet.ac.uk
  • Sarah Wagstaff – Head of Basketball swagstaff@cardiffmet.ac.uk

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • For information on the scholarship criteria, please click here

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • WBBL – Only Welsh Franchise in the Women’s top league
  • Sport Cardiff - The City's sport development team based at Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Basketball Wales – Close links with NGB
  • TASS Dual Career Accredited Site

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • As an accredited TASS Centre, we have been recognised for our commitment to dual career support for talented athletes who are in full time education. Our dual career scheme enables student-athletes to achieve a balance between academic and sporting success. The University provides and manages an environment that allows students to achieve their academic potential alongside training, playing and performing in their chosen sport.

Any additional information.

  • Visit the Cardiff Met Archers Basketball site here

CLICK HERE FOR THE UNIVERSITY WEBSITE

UCLan +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • Both the men's and women's teams have Level 3 basketball coaches.

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • Players would need to be competing and have experience of playing EABL, ABL, WEABL, age-group or senior national league level and have the ability to excel at BUCS A1 standard.
  • Students would receive a varied scholarship offer (Gold, Silver, Bronze) depending on their standard of play at entry to the university; this would be evaluated each year. For further information on the scholarship offer and criteria please click here

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • The university works closely with the local FE network, including Myerscough College and Cardinal Newman College.
  • The university and Preston Basketball Club enter a joint team into the national league.

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • The university is establishing a Dual Career process for 2021-22 as part of TASS membership. All students benefit from the Extensions and Extenuating Circumstances processes.

Any additional information.

  • The coaches will work closely with the wider university support services to ensure a sports science package is utilised i.e. match / video analysis; S&C; physiotherapy, athlete wellbeing and career guidance
  • For more information regarding the sports scholarship please go to https://www.uclan.ac.uk/study/fees-and-finance/bursaries-and-scholarships
  • For additional guidance on the UCLan basketball offer, please contact Men’s Coach Craig Wright cmwright1@uclan.ac.uk or Ladies Coach Marg Jones MJones36@uclan.ac.uk directly.

CLICK HERE FOR THE UNIVERSITY WEBSITE

Coventry University +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • The head coach works in the sport department.

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • Minimum NBL junior/senior or equivalent level from an international league (e.g. Spain, Portugal). ‘Potential scholars’ have been invited to visit/train with the university basketball programme to see how they fit with their skill set

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • Self-created 2 NBL programmes in Coventry Flames Men's and Women's Basketball
  • Developing player pathway links with Coventry College (AoC Sport representative)
  • Membership through NBL entries and officials training organised by Coventry University/ Flames
  • TASS Dual Career Accredited Site

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • Access to academic flexibility, mentor and lifestyle support, including authorised absences, exam deferrals and coursework extensions.
  • Game film analysis, psychology, nutrition, S&C, senior national league squads, and a variety of coaching staff for team and individual coaching sessions.

Any additional information.

  • From both a scholarship programme, and a focus sport avenue, basketball players at Coventry University have a huge opportunity to experience a positive student-athlete lifestyle.

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University of Derby +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • All performance coaches are contracted on a self-employed basis.

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • No specific criteria. It is down to coach recommendation.

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • The university performance 1st team coach is the head coach of the local Division 2 National League side
  • TASS Dual Career Accredited Site

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • The University is a Dual Career Accredited site and have put in variety of support that enables academic flexibility for the high performers, including deadline extensions and exam dates being moved ahead of time.

Any additional information.

  • n/a

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Durham University +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • One full-time coach and one part-time coach

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • Undergraduate: Played at National League level
  • Postgraduate: Played for 4 years within an NCAA/NAIA programme

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • Links with Durham Wildcats (U18) and Hartlepool College
  • WBBL franchise
  • TASS Dual Career Accredited Site

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • All scholars have access to sports concessions which provide academic flexibility.

Any additional information.

  • n/a

CLICK HERE FOR THE UNIVERSITY WEBSITE

University of East Anglia +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • A Club Development Coordinator who looks after basketball and is also Head Coach across both men's and women's programmes.

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • Elite: National Performance Pathway
  • Excellence: National Level
  • Developing Excellence: Regional Level

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • Links with two local clubs (one male, one female) for coach and player development. Both these clubs are National League structures.
  • Work closely with the Regional Lead for East Basketball and Norfolk Basketball associations.

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • Not a present, but working on this across the board of all sports.

Any additional information.

  • n/a

CLICK HERE FOR THE UNIVERSITY WEBSITE

University of East London +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • Our coaching provision is delivered in collaboration with London Lions and BA London Lions providing year round coaching support to our men’s and women’s teams. They also coach within the BBL/WBBL and national league teams through the partnership.

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • A minimum of W/EABL, ABL or Senior National league experience will be required. Level of financial support available varies depending on previous playing standard. Final decisions are made based on head coaches decision.

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • Our teams work in collaboration with London Lions, BA London Lions and NASSA to provide playing opportunities in the BBL, WBBL, NBL and WNBL
  • Basketball England Regional Talent Hub
  • TASS Dual Career Accredited Site

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • The universities Dual Career Support Officer works with each athlete and academics to support their dual career, this includes flexible study and altered learning plans.

Any additional information.

  • Playing support includes extensive coaching support through team and individual sessions in addition to athlete development support such as S&C, Physiotherapy, Lifestyle, Wellbeing, Nutrition and Psychology.
  • Our playing pathway offers an opportunity for players to progress through teams all the way to play in the WBBL/BBL if players are at the suitable level.

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University of Essex +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • Two level 3 coaches lead the performance programme. Both teams have an assistant coach/manager, a performance analyst and a sports psychologist. Teams have a dedicated p/t sports therapist, and S&C coach overseen by Head S&C coach. There is also a Basketball Development Officer.

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • Individuals are assessed on ability and potential and those ready to enter the top teams receive the full support package. Those players who show the potential to progress to the first team during their studies at Essex will also receive support.

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • The Essex Rebels Club provides a broad pathway from juniors to 2 x men’s senior teams (NBL Div 1 and 3), a women’s WBBL team and 5 BUCS teams.
  • Basketball England Regional Talent Hub
  • TASS Delivery Site
  • TASS Dual Career Accredited Site
  • Supports scholarship students with overseas playing contracts and with alternative careers.

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • Undergraduates can qualify for a bursary (up to £3,000 pa) and postgraduates can receive fee waivers for the full course cost. Scholarship students are covered by an Academic Flexibility Policy. This provides some flexibility, allowing students to switch to part-time studies in order to concentrate on basketball.

Any additional information.

  • Basketball training and competition takes place in Essex Sport Arena, just 30 seconds walk from the student-athlete accommodation.
  • A scholarship includes daily basketball training, S&C, coaching, physio, lifestyle support and sports science testing.

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University of Hertfordshire +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • The Head Coaches for both the Men’s and the Women’s Performance Programmes are employed by the University with associated coaching links to our external club partnerships with Hemel Storm and Oaklands Wolves.

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • Athletes apply to the Scholarship programme and applications are individually assessed and reviewed. Players with National League Basketball experience, Governing Body Pathway recognition, National Age Group representation or EABL/ABL recommendations would be considered.

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • Key partners and pathway links include Hemel Storm (NBL) and Oaklands Wolves (NBL & WBBL).
  • We have working partnerships with College and Academy focused Basketball programmes.
  • Part of the Basketball England HE network
  • TASS Dual Career Accredited Site

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • The University is committed to delivering a Dual Career Policy for all performance focused student athletes with academic flexibility a key core component of the policy. Lifestyle support available for student athletes, delivered through our TASS approved staff with the formal TALS qualification.

Any additional information.

  • Basketball at Hertfordshire enables student athletes to experience a professional performance environment, combining sporting and academic success on and off the court. Athletes benefit from a range of support services such as gym access, strength & conditioning, physio to support both their individual and team development.

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Loughborough University +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • A partnership with Leicester Riders, with coaching staff part of this partnership

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • Currently under review

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • Partnership with Leicester Riders and Loughborough College
  • Basketball England Regional Talent Hub

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • Academic flexibility is open to all students at the relevant performance level. That support is not connected to our sporting programmes or scholarships.

Any additional information.

  • n/a

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University of Manchester +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • A service level agreement with their basketball coach

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • Players would need to play at a semi-professional/professional level or be part of a national performance pathway, e.g. England U18s. This is also open to international students, e.g. Spain U18s

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • No formal links, but interested in exploring these opportunities further
  • The university has had informal links with Manchester Magic/Mystics/Giants in the past but nothing at partnership level.

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • The university has an academic flexibility policy to guide academic departments and students on processes to follow to support all parties.

Any additional information.

  • The university is well located geographically with the national performance centre, Magic/Mystics & Giants within 2 miles of the University campus. There are real opportunities at UoM for Basketball, the sport has grown significantly in recent years.

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Manchester Metropolitan University +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • Both men's and women's basketball staff

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • Players would have to meet university sport scholarship criteria (see website for more detail)

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • The University run the Manchester Mystics
  • Also links with Manchester Giants, Manchester Magic, and Lancashire Spinners
  • Link with Loretto 6th Form Academy
  • Basketball England Regional Talent Hub
  • TASS Dual Career Accredited Site

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • The university offers support for any elite sports people which includes flexibility and support processes for all high performing athletes at the university.

Any additional information.

  • n/a

CLICK HERE FOR THE UNIVERSITY WEBSITE

Newcastle University +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • Men's Head Coach (Full Time - BUCS Prem / NBL1) and Women's Head Coach (Part Time - BUCS Prem)

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • Undergraduates must have played to a high standard in (EABL/ABL)
  • Post Graduates must have played to a good standard in (BUCS Prem / NCAA / NAIA)

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • Direct support and development pathway links with Newcastle Eagles (BBL / WBBL) and Team Newcastle (NBL1)

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • Academic flexibility is provided for applicants who meet Performance Athlete status criteria

Any additional information.

  • Performance Athlete support includes a Head Coach, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Physiotherapy, Nutritional Planning, Performance Sport Manager

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Northumbria University +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • Two permanent lead basketball coaches for men and women focus teams.

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • Played internationally at Junior or Senior level
  • Players from AASE Academies
  • WEABL and EABL players
  • US NCAA college
  • Selection to Northumbria University BUCS 1st team

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • Links with Newcastle Eagles WBBL and BBL teams
  • Links with local FE sites such as Gateshead College and Tyne Met College.

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • The university has a TASS dual career academic flexibility policy.

Any additional information.

  • Players benefit from a programme that rivals a professional team, with daily training including individual and team based court sessions, S&C, performance analysis. Highly experienced coaching team.

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Nottingham Trent University +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • Both the men's and women's programmes have a head coach and assistant coach.

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • Players who are able to make a significant impact on their BUCS basketball programme.

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • Formal links with Nottingham Hoods (mens) and an informal recruitment partnership with Nottingham Wildcats (women’s)
  • Links to wheelchair basketball for a number of years, hosting a number of events.

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • The university will record lectures, move seminar groups/sessions, allow final year students to split years of study, provide flexible masters study, and support exam adjustments.

Any additional information.

  • Players must be the standard to be in consideration for selection for the Nottingham Hoods/Nottingham Wildcats 1st teams (it is not compulsory for players to play for these teams as it is not always possible).

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Plymouth Marjon University +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • A partnership with Plymouth Riders Basketball Club. The lead assistant coach of Plymouth Riders works with the university team.

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • Tier 1: Senior national/ international athlete
  • Tier 2: Age group national athlete or member of a national development squad
  • Tier 3: Regional representative or member of a National League team (visit website for more detail).

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • Links with Plymouth Riders Basketball Club
  • Basketball England Regional Talent Hub
  • There are NGB relations through partners Plymouth Riders.

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • Academic flexibility is provided for tier 1 and tier 2 sport scholarship athletes.

Any additional information.

  • Yearly-progressive opportunities for students, through the sporting and academic climate
  • The competition outlets look to progress into NBL Senior Mens.
  • Students can also engage in local coaching & officiating opportunities.

CLICK HERE FOR THE UNIVERSITY WEBSITE

Solent University +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • Head coaches for both men's and women's basketball.

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • Players would need to have WEABL/EABL experiences, or experience in a national or international league. The university coaches help to scout for scholarship positions based on video evidence and coach recommendations.

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • Links with Solent Kestrels and Itchen College
  • Basketball England Regional Talent Hub
  • TASS Dual Career Accredited Site

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • Access to online notes/ resources, choice of assignments, catch up sessions, or reschedule deadlines/exam dates in exceptional circumstances.
  • All basketball scholars have access to performance staff (Physio, S&C, Lifestyle).

Any additional information.

  • A dedicated athlete support officer and TASS lead who support students with balancing their sport commitments and their studies, enabling them to achieve their full potential in both.

CLICK HERE FOR THE UNIVERSITY WEBSITE

University of the West of England +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • Coaches for both men's (1st, 2nd, 3rd) and women's basketball (1st).

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • All performance sports have criteria for their sport. Basketball has a reward system that is based on numerous factors: Level, coach reference, video review

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • Links with Bristol Flyers and SGS College, Bristol

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • Certain courses offer flexibility.

Any additional information.

  • n/a

CLICK HERE FOR THE UNIVERSITY WEBSITE

University of Wolverhampton +

Are there basketball specific coaches or staff?

  • A full time head coach and also have 2 fixed term contracted coaches for male and female teams.

What is the basketball scholarship criteria?

  • Players would need to be part of the national league or higher.

Does the university have links to basketball or support organisations?

  • Links with WBA Albion Basketball Club which participate in NBL division 3.Through this partnership, there is a pathway from local colleges into the university.
  • TASS Dual Career Accredited Site

Does the university offer academic flexibility and have support processes for high performing basketball players?

  • All scholarship athletes are given academic flexibility where deemed appropriate in relation to sporting competition.

Any additional information.

  • The university also encourage volunteer opportunities within the student network.

CLICK HERE FOR THE UNIVERSITY WEBSITE

Disclaimer:

Please note that every effort has been made to ensure this information is reliable and correct at the time of publishing, March 2021.

Basketball England is not responsible for any changes to the information on performance basketball programmes available. For more details, please visit the individual university's website or contact them directly.