20 Apr LBA College League 2016/17 | ROUND UP
It’s been an interesting season with a new format and riveting twists & tails!
The LBA is delighted to be the only official League to offer College/Sixth Form students over the age of 19 regular competition. The age range is predominantly, but not limited to, 16 to 24 year olds, making our league viable for many schooling institutions in today’s society. On top of this, we have had the pleasure of acting as a stepping stone for teams before they advance to the existing national leagues.
This season we had 3 rounds, which were designed to ensure excitement and competitiveness throughout the season. We are now about to end with a bang, as we host the ‘End of Season College Tournament’, at the Olympic Venue, The Copperbox Arena.
Our 11 College League teams showcased their talent, camaraderie & determination as all great sportsmen should! This was made evident by the fact that nearly every team had a win during the regular season, with many close games being played. The athleticism on display was incredible and the results were truly amazing.
Acland Burghley were the only new team entry this season. This meant that we were able to put on over 25 games this past season, which included over 175 young men from colleges across London.
The playoff format was different this year and it proved to work very well. POOL A, the stronger division, had 5 teams while POOL B had 6 teams. The top 2 teams from each pool advanced to the playoffs. You can check out the league standings below!
ACCOLADES & HONOURABLE MENTIONS
College League Playoff Bracket
We want to congratulate the American School in London on their championship run, winning back to back Chips is an accomplishment to be proud of and they truly put on a show in this final against heavyweight matchup Lambeth College, who were undefeated the entire season up to this point. We would like to tip our hats to all the team, players, coaches and officials who all represented their organisation to the highest standard. Every team in the league showed talent, athleticism, sportsmanship, playing strong team basketball and finishing plays off with emphatic dunks that brought crowds to their feet.
- We want to implement a female College League to run alongside the Men’s.
- Funding: The LBA is still looking for a consistent resource of sponsorship and grants that can help us grow into the best charity we can be.
- We will begin to offer courses to train referees, table officials and coaches. This will not only provide a more organised game for the players but will create more jobs where people can give back to the community whilst also being compensated for their work.
- Teams must report their scores to the LBA, no later than 24 hours after the game ends, otherwise we will then have to label it as a 20-0 forfeit to the host team.
- Most of you would not have known it, but in November 2016 just after the start of the season, a new league commissioner was appointed at LBA and Luke Gilbert stepped in and directed his energy to ensure we not only maintained the current set-up but improve on it. We would like to acknowledge his accomplishments as LBA league commissioner this season! He got through more games than ever before, with over 100 games this season. His communication was on point and he tackled any issues that arose promptly. He handled the officials, ensuring that they have the right expectations, but also doing them justice. He ensured the schedule was adhered to and planned out the new format for the playoff. He even secured the Copperbox arena for the end of season tournament!
- London Youth is the league’s main sponsor and has been for the past 3 seasons, and their generosity cannot be understated. They are a group that help diverse youth organisations around London and they truly understand the impact we are making through this collaboration. You can see last years impact results now, and please do check out this season in the LBA annual report due in August 2017.
- A big thank you to the students who became a part of the LBA Media Crew – check out more on this amazing project now.
- We would also like to thank all of our other supporters: South Kilburn Trust, Sported and all the Coaches and Teachers committed to the program, as well as the players themselves.
The LBA wants to thank everybody who made this past season possible. We hope you can help us continue to be a pillar in our community and to help build and improve them through sport and fitness.
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