Winners of the AoC Sport ‘Team of the Year’ Award for 2022

Our 16-19 basketball academy is run in partnership with Let’s Do More (LDM), and gives dedicated basketball players the opportunity to play and train like professionals alongside their studies. You can expect to learn and develop with qualified staff who are dedicated to taking your game to the next level.

We have designed a programme centred around player development; we are focused on ensuring you graduate from our academy with an improved understanding and greater appreciation for the fundamentals needed to become a better basketball player. We have created a culture which demands a strong work ethic on the court and in the classroom and expect student athletes to maintain a good balance between their basketball programme and academic commitments.
You will be supported on your journey with high quality coaching constituted within a structured weekly time timetable. Academy players can expect to receive:

  • Up to three on court training sessions per week
  • Weekly ‘Skills Lab’ sessions, working on your fundamental basketball skills.
  • Wednesday afternoon games competing in the College Basketball League (CBL),  Association of Colleges (AoC) League and National Cup competition.
  • Weekly strength and conditioning training with highly qualified strength and conditioning coaches
  • Monthly sports psychology sessions with a qualified sport psychologist to work on the mental aspects of your game.
  • Access to physio and sport massage clinics
  • Video analysis including game recordings, stats and video highlights.
  • Opportunities to gain industry recognised coaching and officiating qualifications.
  •     Opportunities for U18 players to compete in Jr National League competition with Leeds LDM

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Our coaches

Norman Francis

Norman Francis

Head Coach

Dr Luz Locatelli Dalimier

Dr Luz Locatelli Dalimier

Counselor and psychotherapist specialising in sports and young people


Not all academy members will look to pursue a professional or collegiate career, some may opt to take an alternative pathway in coaching or officiating. We support enthusiastic players in their development by offering coaching placements in school and club settings and support aspiring officials with mentoring and experience through the LDM Basketball community programme.

Players will have the opportunity to undertake Basketball England recognised qualifications in refereeing, coaching and table officiating, which can be completed alongside their studies, and game and training commitments. We encourage all players to consider supplementing their on-court development with one of the coaching or officiating pathways on offer.


The academy supports high level players in their progression after their time with us by providing pathways to professional clubs, international college programmes or UK universities.

Alternatively, we provide enthusiastic students with opportunities to develop skills in coaching, refereeing and sport development, ready to seek employment within the basketball industry.

Leeds City College