The LSB have partnered with City and Islington College, to host the LSB Islington Basketball Academy, to provide an elite basketball training and competitions program, alongside top-quality academic courses for ambitious young players interested in basketball excellence in Central London.
City & Islington Academy teams compete in the English Academies Basketball League (ABL), AOC, Next Level League, and also the CBL – providing more than 50 game opportunities per season for our teams. In addition, fresh for 2023-24 our Varsity team will compete in competitions overseas, giving our players invaluable experiences playing against international competition as we prepare our players for the next level.
The Basketball Academy is split into two areas of program development, Varsity and Junior Varsity squads, for players aged between 16-19.
For aspiring elite players, our Varsity program provides intensive skills development, strength and conditioning training, athlete support, guidance, technical individual and team coaching and a minimum of 35 games per season.
With strong links to professional basketball teams and universities throughout Britain and Europe – alongside a bespoke preparation and placement programme for American colleges, players who attend our Islington academy will be well positioned to fulfil their basketball ambitions.
For those who simply want to continue to learn and play the game, without the time-intensive commitment of the elite program schedule, our Islington Basketball Academy also offers a ‘Junior Varsity’ option which provides regular coaching, games and the opportunity to earn coaching qualifications alongside your normal academic college course while still enjoying all the benefits of being a student-athlete at the college.
All players in our Basketball Academy will receive:
In addition to the above, Elite Academy players will receive:
To be considered for the Basketball Academy, you must:
Studying as part of the Basketball Academy
As part of the CCG college network, students who join the College’s Basketball Academy can study at either City & Islington, Westminster Kingsway or COHENEL, giving our student-athletes an unrivalled selection of courses to choose from. Students can select ANY full-time course at any of the the 3 college’s while taking part in the Basketball Academy program.
Academy Coaching Staff
Head Coach, Ayende 'Swift' Lewis
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Islington Basketball Academy is managed and delivered by the London School of Basketball in partnership with City & Islington College. The academy has been developed to provide an elite basketball training, competitions and player support program, alongside top-quality academic courses for aspiring 16-19 year olds in and around Central London. City and Islington College is one of the largest colleges in London, with a diverse student body of approximately 14,000 students. The college provides a first class learning environment where students can study A-Levels, BTEC's, HND's in addition to a wide array of vocational courses. With 5 specialist centres across Central and North London, CANDI is well positioned to provide students with the facilities and support they need to achieve outstanding results and prepare you for maximum success at University or employment in an expanding global economy.
The London School of Basketball (LSB) is London's biggest and most exciting basketball development organisation, who focus on teaching the game from the grassroots up. The LSB specialise in basketball coaching for players of all abilities through a quality-assured, expansive network of qualified coaches and clubs throughout the capital. We also facilitate educational programs and competitions to develop new and improved coaches, stronger clubs and remain committed to creating more opportunities for young Londoners to LEARN, PLAY, DEVELOP & PROGRESS within the game, all across the city.