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.

Led by arguably the greatest British 3-point shooter of all-time, former Euroleague and GB International Sam Stiller, the Academy is well positioned to provide the very best basketball environment for both elite and developing players alike.

Coach Stiller is an advanced and vastly experienced coach who is widely regarded as one of the best and most respected coaches in Britain, with a prodigious talent for developing elite level skills in players committed to being the best they can be.  He has coached at the highest levels and has an exemplary coaching and playing history which is revered amongst the British basketball hierarchy.  If British basketball had a ‘Hall Of Fame’, there is no doubt Sam Stiller would be a ‘first ballot’ member.

As a former professional player, he represented England at both the Junior and Senior International levels and was also a key contributor to the most successful domestic professional team in the history of British Basketball, making it to the Euroleague quarter-finals, which still stands as the highest ranking competitive achievement of any British professional team in the history of the game.

City & Islington Academy teams compete in the English Academies Basketball League (ABL), AOC, LDN League,  and also the CBL – providing more than 50 game opportunities per season for our teams.  In  addition, our Varsity team will compete in international invitational tournaments 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.

Varsity Program

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.

Junior Varsity Program

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:

  • Academy branded teamwear
  • Professional coaching and games for up to 6 hours per week
  • Weekly competitive games in college, academy and community basketball leagues
  • Access to medical support for injury prevention and rehabilitation
  • Free access to gym and fitness suite under coach supervision
  • Free fitness, strength and conditioning, programmes alongside sports nutrition advice and guidance
  • Free tickets to professional basketball games

In addition to the above, Elite Academy players will receive:

  • Access of up to 15 hours of professional basketball coaching, games and personalised strength and conditioning per week
  • Access to daily training facilities
  • Individual skills development programme tailored to your specific needs
  • SAT testing preparation and tutored support classes
  • Placement support for US college scholarships and top European academies for talented players
  • Direct links and pathways through to professional teams in the BBL and Europe
  • Opportunity to become a LSB sponsored athlete – with a value of up to £2500 per year
  • Opportunity to play on  travel teams abroad to compete in international competitions (Europe/USA)
  • Invitations to attend national player ranking events and inclusion on internationally released ranking lists that are sent to over 500 college coaches throughout America
  • Full stats and player profile online
  • Full game footage online and available for player showreels
  • Academy training kits, tracksuit and bag

To be considered for the Basketball Academy, you must:

  • Be aged 16-19 on 31 August in the year you start your course
  • Enrol on a full-time course at the City & Islington College
  • Apply online and be assessed by our coaching staff

Studying as part of the Basketball Academy

Students who join the College’s Basketball Academy will study at the college’s Angel centre. Students can select ANY full-time course at the college while taking part in the Basketball Academy program.

Academy Coaching Staff 

Head Coach, Sam Stiller

Assistant Coach, TBC

Great Facilities

  • ‘Best in class’ training facilities at City Sport (as used by NBA teams for training while in London)
  • Full-sized double court with sprung wooden basketball floor
  • ‘Glass’ main backboards – 4 FIBA approved professional baskets in gym
  • Industry professional standard cardio and resistance training gym
  • Free weights power stations
  • Bespoke basketball training equipment
  • High quality changing rooms and shower facilities





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.

The London School of Basketball (LSB) is London's biggest and most exciting grassroots basketball development agency, 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 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.