It’s been an interesting season with a subtle implementation adding to the 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 ended with a bang, as we host the ‘End of Season College Tournament’, at the Olympic Venue, The Copperbox Arena, with 12 teams entered and more wanting to join, as it was the first year we opened it up to teams outside of London. With this said we are keen to give our members an even more enriched experience and next year we’re thinking to open it up to teams across Europe!
(IMAGE OF THE BOYS TOGETHER FROM THE END OF SEASON COLLEGE TOURNAMENT)
Our 6 team 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. With this said we were able to put on over 50 games this past season, which included over 175 young men from colleges across London.
The playoffs we’re infatuating and we have a whole article on this. The finals ended in a one-point game and SFX were crowned champions. The format was the same as last year and it proved to work very well with the top 4 team advancing. You can check out the playoff bracket below.
ACCOLADES & HONOURABLE MENTIONS
College League Playoff Bracket
We want to congratulate the St. Francis Xavier on their championship run, They have been in 2 finals now over the past 3 seasons and it shows persistence pays off as accomplish their first ‘Chip’. Plus they had to the final against heavyweight matchup City of Islington College, who had a shocker of a season, as they came into the playoff the true underdogs, as they lost to team early in the season by 30+ points. 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 aim to get all player in the league qualified as ‘basketball professionals’, via nationally recognised qualifications in coaching, refereeing and table officials. Plus give the free access to 13 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 professional’ to date.
- 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.
- All the LBa staff that had in put into making this possible.
- London Youth is the league’s main sponsor and has been for the past 4 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 the LBA annual report.
- 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.
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:
Overall, the project saw an average percentile change of 48.97% in participants, which translates to a very strong positive impact overall.
- Achievement motivation 49.86%
- Active Initiative 49.23%
- Self Confidence 49.37%
- Intellectual Flexibility 48.85%
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.
MORE PICTURES AND VIDEO
- Pictures of the End of Season College Tournament
- Playoff Pictures