Our “Zero to Hero” program turns your passion into paid officiating gigs, complete with exclusive access, networking, and even global opportunities! Buckle up and join the journey.

Calling all basketball enthusiasts! The London Basketball Association has created a programme, that is backed by many awesome organizations, including The British Basketball Federation, AllOfficials.co.uk, the London Lions & Jordan Brand, to name a few. We are committing to building the basketball workforce and through our workshops, we’ll be helping you become a qualified referee and get paid within 1 to 3 months!

why become a referee?

1. Earn £20+ per hour: Fast track to paid work officiating at matches local to you

2. High Demand: Basketball is booming and we need more referees! Help bridge the gap and become a crucial part of the game

3. Learn from the Pro’s: Gain on-court experience alongside Professional Referees in dedicated scrimmage sessions.

4. Travel the World: Did you know referees that climb the pathway get to travel, locally, around the nation & globally… Plus it’s FREE of charge!

How it works

Click here to Apply online and get notified if accepted. Limited spots, 10 per round, including FREE qualifications!

Participate in exciting 5v5 scrimmages led by Pro Referees. Watch, learn, and build confidence before going live, as you are guided by the Pro’s. 


There may also be other opportunities to gain practical experience at other events, including 3×3 events.


*This means you get to develop at informal games with guidance from a pro ref. 

*Scrimmages are informal basketball games

Based on performance and pro-referee nominations, you advance to getting your official basketball referee qualification. There will be 10 FREE courses available each round.

Once you are certified, gain access to paid opportunities to officiate matches across London through the AllOfficials.co.uk online platform.

For candidates taking up the free qualification.


You will be required to give a deposit of £20. This will be refunded once the candidate completes the course. This is to ensure commitment from parties who are interested. 

  • Anyone who’s 14+
  • Anyone who signs up via the link and is granted approval to attend
  • If you already attend the events as a player (scrimmages with pro-ref), you will have the opportunity to join this programme if places are available. 


  • Click here to Sign Up 
  • Location: St. Augustine Sports Centre, Kilburn, NW6 5AW
  • Day & Date: Thursdays From March 21st – 25 April
  • Time: 17:45 – 20:00
  • Click here to Sign Up 
  • Location: The Regal (Black Prince Trust), Beaufoy Walk, London SE11 6AA
  • Date & Time:
    • Fridays from the 3rd to the 31st of May. 18:00-20:00
  • Click here to Sign Up 
  • Location: Jubilee Community Leisure Centre, 22 Lancefield St, London W10 4NW
  • Dates: Sundays, April 2nd to 7th June
  • Time: 14:45 – 17:00

Start Your officiating journey today | Limited FREE spots available, don’t miss out!



Exclusive Access 

    1. Game tickets 
    2. Opportunities to officiate at practices for senior and academy teams. 


Once on this programme – be sure to request to get on this list!

  1. Tickets to TeamUSA in July 2024 (limited)
  2. Meet and greet pro-officials at official games, including BBL, EuroCup and FIBA events. Events are yet to be announced. 

Only for candidates in LBA’s ROC programme, so be sure to get on the list and inquire about these opportunities if interested. 

Did you know, by becoming a Pro Official, you can gain access to:

    1. Become an assessor/tutor for up-and-coming officials, which leads to more income opportunities.
    2. A great perk and a part of the officiating pathway is, free travel around the world to officiate at events, from FIBA to the NBA. join our networking events to find out how to make this a reality. Events are yet to be announced. 
    3. Be sure to find paid jobs on AllOfficials.co.uk