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Westminster School Leagues 2017/18 | ROUND UP

 

This seasons Westminster School Leagues meant that over 65 games took place, which included 13 Schools and a whopping 38 teams, meaning around 500 young people participated in regular competitive basketball games during the course of the season (October – April)!

Everyone involved should be super proud of themselves. In particular, we should be proud of the following:

  1. Basketball is now the best-organised school sport in the City of Westminster.
  2. The girls were the most captivated we have ever witnessed. All the parents, family and friends would have been proud to see it!
    • We even had to make a packed, where the boys vowed to praise the girls for competing on the hardwood floor and that next season tournament will not have a boys day and then a girls day, but U14 & U16 days which will balance the numbers significantly, allowing more game time and a different dynamic.
  3. Little to no complaints about the professional officials. This includes the process of arranging them (especially as Westminster Sports Unit & LBA covered the cost!)
    • The LBA also ran nationally recognised qualification course giving each school 2 free spaces for their students to become table officials. This worked great and we’re going to build off of this.

(IMAGE OF THE GIRLS TOGETHER FROM THE MIDSEASON TOURNAMENT)

This season format had 3 rounds to get through, designed to keep excitement and competitiveness throughout the season. Round 1 was round robin, allowing everyone within their pool to play each other once. Round 2 was the playoffs, where the top 4 teams from each age group advance. Round 3 was for exhibition games, meaning any team could play anyone even if they were not in the same pool, so that any great matchups could be played again, or teams that just wanted more games could do so.

ACCOLADES & HONOURABLE MENTIONS

PLAYOFF BRACKET

 

  1. The image above displays the winners from this season.
  2. Click here to see table standings,  schedule and results from games from this season (this will no longer be available after August 2018)
  3. LBA “Holiday Activities” gave 500 league players FREE access. It was great to see so many make use of it. We are beginning to see this trend in Westminster and it is becoming a dominant force, producing multiple talented basketball players who end up using the sport to gain scholarships around the world and play professionally. These sessions are also pivotal in networking and making connections which ensures bright futures.
  4. ASL won the Youth Games, in the national school games St. Georges & ASL made it to the final in their respective category (U14 & U16). Last but not least Melita Emannual-Carr, who grew up with LBA and now gives back to the community via LBA, went to the Commonwealth game and took home the silver medal as she represented team GB… what an accomplishment!!!
  5. Mid-Season Tournaments were amazing! Click here for more details.

 

 

THE FUTURE

  1. Funding: The LBA is still looking for commercial sponsorship and finance that can help us grow into the best and most effective organisation that we can be.
  2. LBA has an initiative to get 1000 new qualified “basketball professionals” (coaches, referee & table officials), with this said the aim is that all player and schools involved will have the opportunity to gain these qualifications plus they will be given access to 13 online courses, such as first aid and child protection. This will not only provide for a more organised game in the league as teams are more resourceful, but it will make the wider community more basketball viable and as LBA will connect player to a platform to gain paid and voluntary opportunities it’s really will help address the shortfall of basketball professionals in London.
  3. We want all the players to follow us across our social media platforms like Instagram, and we want more player to attend the holiday activities.
  4. 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.
  5. We aim to gain project of her accreditation Mark regarding this project and over the last few years, we have been collecting information using focus groups which we can compare and correlate results to prove the impact this project has every time is one no matter where it is one. With one of the aims being to make a template which can be replicated across the nation if and where needed.

IMPACT RESULTS:

We saw phenomenal results this year, which improved on the year before and lead to even higher levels of engagement. This was reflected in the “Life Effectiveness Questionnaire” (LEQ) results collected from the participants. In total, over 500 unique participants took part, and the feedback, through the life effectiveness questionnaire, showed us that all participants experienced positive change in the factors measured. Here are the results:

Male U14

The results of the questionnaires shows that our greatest impact was on the following areas:

  •        Emotional Control 47.57%
  •        Self Confidence 46.06%
  •        Achievement Motivation 44.56%
  •        Time Management 44.08%

Overall, the project saw an average percentile change of 43.29% in participants, which translates to a very strong positive impact overall.

Male U16

The results of the questionnaires shows that our greatest impact was on the following areas:

  •        Intellectual Flexibility 49.39%
  •        Achievement motivation 49.17%
  •        Emotional Control 48.94%
  •        Self Confidence 48.87%

Overall, the project saw an average percentile change of 47.99% in participants, which translates to a very strong positive impact overall.

Female U14

The results of the questionnaires shows that our greatest impact was on the following areas:

  •        Achievement motivation 48.62%
  •        Intellectual Flexibility 46.41%
  •        Active Initiative 45.87%
  •        Self Confidence 45.28%

Overall, the project saw an average percentile change of 44.25% in participants, which translates to a very strong positive impact overall.

Female U16

The results of the questionnaires shows that our greatest impact was on the following areas:

  •        Achievement motivation 49.57%
  •        Intellectual Flexibility 46.41%
  •        Self Confidence 46.29%
  •        Active Initiative 45.10%

Overall, the project saw an average percentile change of 45.52% in participants, which translates to a very strong positive impact overall.


THANK YOU

  1. Huge thanks to the LBA team and all the people that had in put to making this viable
  2. Westminster Sports UnitLondon Youth are the league’s main sponsor and their commitment cannot be understated. Their organisations that help many diverse groups within their communities and they truly understand the impact we are making through this project. You can see last years impact results now, and please do check LBA’s most recent annual report
  3. 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.

MORE PICTURES AND VIDEOS

  1. Photos throughout the season 
  2. Photos from the 2017 Girls midseason tournament.
  3. Playoff photos 

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