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LBA’s Push for Women’s Empowerment in Basketball

In 2024, according to the Sport England report, women make up 25% of basketball players, yet only 16.7% of referees and an even smaller percentage of coaches are female. This disparity highlights the need for more women in these crucial roles, and the LBA is stepping up to bridge this gap. Empowering women in basketball means breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for leadership and influence within the sport. It’s about recognising and nurturing the potential that women bring to the game, not just as players but as key decision-makers and role models.

Through our partnerships with the Black Prince Trust, Michael Jordan, and many more we’ve organised free courses, designed to train and certify women as referees and coaches. These courses offer a pathway for women to start earning immediately, providing not just qualifications but also job opportunities. This initiative is more than just training; it’s a movement towards gender equality in sports, fostering a supportive community where women can thrive and lead.

Why Join the LBA ROC Program?

Empowerment: Be part of a movement that empowers women to take on leadership roles in basketball. Our program is designed to build confidence and competence, ensuring that women are not only qualified but also ready to excel.

Free Training: Access high-quality training at no cost. Our courses are tailored to meet the unique needs of women in basketball, providing them with the tools to succeed.

Immediate Opportunities: Start earning as soon as you are certified. With the average ROC earning £20 per game, this is a great way to turn your passion into a profession.

Supportive Community: Join a network of like-minded women passionate about basketball. Our community is dedicated to supporting and uplifting each other, creating a positive environment for growth and development.

Boost Your Employability

Working as a ROC not only provides immediate income— on average £20 per game— but also enhances your employability. The skills gained through officiating and coaching, such as leadership, decision-making, and communication, are highly valued across various careers. Being a ROC enriches your experience, making you a more competitive candidate in the job market.

The LBA is committed to fostering a more inclusive and diverse basketball community. By providing these opportunities, we aim to inspire and equip the next generation of female referees and coaches. Your journey to making an impact starts here!

How to Sign Up:

  1. Visit Our Website: Go to thelba.co.uk to learn more and express your interest.
  2. Complete the Expression of Interest Form: Fill out the form to get started.
  3. Exclusive Sign-Up Link: Once your interest is registered, you will receive a special link to sign up via Eventbrite.

First Come, First Serve: Spaces are limited, so early registration is crucial.


Visit thelba.co.uk today and take the first step towards a rewarding career in basketball. Let’s make history together by increasing female representation in the sport we love.


Join us. Get qualified. Make a difference!