LBA Supports the Oldest Youth Club in the World

London Basketball Association (LBA) have been supporting St Andrews’ Youth Club, the oldest youth club in the world, in an initiative that has brought basketball and valuable employment opportunities to the community.
This collaboration has had a transformative impact, upscaling numerous young people and providing them with pathways to success through the LBA’s ROCs courses (Referees, Officials, and Coaches).

Empowering the Youth through ROCs Courses

One of the primary goals of the LBA is to empower young people by equipping them with valuable skills that not only help them grow as individuals but also open doors to fulfilling career opportunities. The ROCs courses have played a pivotal role in achieving this objective. 
By enrolling participants in these courses, including aspiring coaches like Nahum Fekadu, we have witnessed the transformation of passions into viable paid opportunities.
Nahum Fekadu’s journey is an example of the positive impact of the ROCs courses. He turned his passion for coaching into an employable career.
Left: Nahum Fekadu (Coach); Right: Tony Lazare (CEO)
The ROC framework provides a clear path for organisations to implement a structure allowing them to naturally support their members and the wider community to become confident and competent ROCs.

Growing Basketball Participation in the Community

In addition to providing employment opportunities, the partnership between LBA and St Andrews’ Youth Club has significantly increased youth engagement in basketball.
St Andrews’ Youth Club enthusiastically participated in our basketball tournament, a testament to the growing interest and involvement in the sport within the community.
The tournament brought immense pride to both organisations, as it showcased the passion and dedication of the young athletes. It also highlighted the power of collaboration and the positive influence sports can have in bringing people together.

Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Ensuring a lasting legacy is one of the core objectives of the LBA’s partnership with St Andrews’ Youth Club. To ensure that the enthusiasm for basketball never wanes, we have taken the initiative to provide them with essential equipment. This investment will not only support the current players but will also encourage future generations to take up the sport.
By leaving a lasting legacy at St Andrews’ Youth Club, we aim to create a nurturing environment where basketball can thrive for years to come. It is our hope that this partnership will inspire other youth clubs and organisations to follow suit and invest in the potential of their communities through sports and education.

How You Can Support

As a charitable organisation, the London Basketball Association relies on the support and generosity of individuals and businesses alike. If you are inspired by our mission and would like to contribute to our efforts in empowering young people and communities through basketball and employment opportunities, you can do so by donating to our cause.
Your support will go a long way in creating a positive impact on the lives of young individuals, just like Nahum Fekadu, and help us continue to expand our reach and bring basketball to even more communities.
Ultimately, the partnership between the London Basketball Association and St Andrews’ Youth Club has been a resounding success, transforming lives, and fostering a love for basketball in the community.
Through our ROCs courses, we have empowered young individuals to pursue their passions and turn them into viable career opportunities. Additionally, the basketball tournament demonstrated the growing interest and involvement of young people in the sport.
With our commitment to leaving a lasting legacy, we have equipped St Andrews’ Youth Club with the necessary equipment to sustain the enthusiasm for basketball for years to come. 
Together, we can continue making a difference and empowering communities through the power of basketball. Join us in our journey to make a positive impact on the lives of young people and the communities we serve.