2020 Men’s College Tournament Report

Due to the corona virus we have had to cancel the men’s college tournament. We were aiming to have 16 teams involved and have a female 3vs3 tournament.
An official wearing an AllOfficials t-shirt while officiating a game.
This season we aimed to have 2 rounds of exciting and competitive basketball throughout the season. Then to end we had hoped to have the End of Season College Tournament. It is going to be held at the legendary Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.
In our College League, the 10 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 amazing and the results were truly awesome. Unfortunately, we were unable to finish the league so only 20 games were played which included 240 young men from colleges across London. The top four teams from each pool went on to compete in our playoffs. These were Haringey 6th Form, City of Westminster College, Lambeth College and Oakland 6th Form. City of Westminster B team, West Hert 6th form, City of Islington..
A player dunking over 4 other players.
We would like to tip our hats to all the teams, players, coaches and officials who all represented their organisation to the highest standard. Every team in the league showed talent, athleticism, playing strong team basketball and finishing plays off with emphatic dunks that brought crowds to their feet.

The Future

  1. We want to implement a Female College League to run alongside the Men’s.
  2. 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.
  3. We aim to get all players in the league qualified as ‘basketball professionals’ via nationally recognised qualifications in coaching, refereeing and table officials. Plus give them free access to 19 online courses from first aid to child protection. Then connect them to a platform to paid and voluntary work. This will not only provide a more organised game for our leagues but enhance the resources in the wider community as there is a lack of ‘basketball professionals’ to date.
  4. Digital format to record game stats and data throughout the season. Also making it easier to report scores to LBA.
  5. Teams that forfeit any games will be deducted a 1 point during round robin.
  6. Plans to have 75% of the schedule to be done before the season starts.
  7. Basketball team recruiting and sign up for 2020/21 season opens April 2020
  8. Schools will have the opportunity to have 3 students to be a part of the LBA Media Crew

Thank You!

  1. To all the LBA staff that had input into making this possible.
  2. To London Youth who is the league’s main sponsor and has been for the past 5 seasons, 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.
  3. 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.

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 200 unique participants took part, and the feedback, through the life effectiveness questionnaire, showed us that all participants experienced positive change in the factors measured.
The results of the questionnaires shows that our greatest impact was on the following areas:
  • Achievement motivation 49.86%
  • Active Initiative 49.23%
  • Self Confidence 49.37%
  • Intellectual Flexibility 48.85%
Overall, the project saw an average percentile change of 48.97% in participants, which translates to a very strong positive impact overall..
Other evidence shows us that previously inactive participants who took part in our school competitions programme were inspired to develop a sporting habit and went on to continue playing.