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The Sheffield College Basketball Academy

The Sheffield College has long been renowned for sporting excellence, and our Basketball Academy is no exception.

The Sheffield College Basketball Academy

Established in 2012, the college's Basketball Academy has had success both regionally and nationally, with the 2021/22 season being our most successful to date!

Our male and female basketball teams, that are also part of our Elite Sports Academy, compete against colleges, universities and other basketball academies in the Association of College's Yorkshire and Humber league and the Elite Academy Basketball league which is the highest level of school and college sport.

Joining The Sheffield College Basketball Academy will give you the chance to train with professional coaches, play in these top leagues and develop a career in sport, alongside studying any study programme or A Levels.

The Sheffield College Basketball Academy can offer you the opportunity to:

  • study at any of our college campuses; City, Olive Grove, Hillsborough or Peaks
  • train in the Academy alongside your studies
  • access high-level coaching each week, on a team and one-to-one level
  • take part in regular strength and conditioning training
  • train with professional coaches
  • utilise industry-standard facilities
  • play for your chosen National League team alongside your college team

Elite performance

If you are an elite athlete, you may want to study our Sport Basketball Elite Performance programme alongside playing for our Academy Teams. This study programme is designed as a player development programme for learners aged between 16-19, which combines top-level basketball training and academic education. We have been chosen by Basketball England, the sport’s governing body, to be part of the England Development Programme for basketball in Yorkshire and are the only college in the region to deliver this qualification.

Some of the students who study this programme also complete the Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) with Basketball England aimed at talented players who have the potential to turn professional and play internationally.

On the programme, students will learn about developing a career in sport, nutrition and managing their lifestyle to achieve excellence, and study and train at the College’s City Campus, on Granville Road, and Hillsborough Campus, on Livesey Street.


Achievements and Awards


  • Men's EABL Team – semi-finalists
  • Women's EABL – quarter-finalists, knocked out by Oaklands College, with the game going to the last shot
  • Men’s second team have finished 3rd in the AOC Yorkshire & Humber Basketball League 1 and also made in to the regional final
  • Men’s third team AOC Yorkshire & Humber Basketball League 3 winners
  • Foundation Degree / BUCS team – won division 4 and gained promotion for next season.

Personal achievements

We also picked up some individual accolades at the End of Season Awards night. Congraulations to:

  • Abbey Whitehouse – WEABL North Conference MVP (Most Valuable Player)
  • Declan Kom – EABL North Conference U17 Player of the Year
  • Jasmine Graham – WEABL North Conference Most Improved Player (MIP)
  • Will Hopper – WEABL North Conference Coach of the Year

Footlocker Hoopsfix Allstar Classic 2022

Charles Okafor won the slam dunk contest at the 2022 Foot Locker Hoopsfix Allstar Classic. You can watch the winning moment on this YouTube video.


To keep the good news coming, and dreams of the NBA still alive, five of our students have been offered stateside scholarships starting this September:

  • Charles Okafor - Hill College in Texas
  • Jude Lambert – Central Arizona College in Arizona
  • Nathan Jones – Seward County College in Kansas
  • Declan Kom – The Patrick School in New Jersey
  • Camil Ait Si Brahim - McMurry University in Texas


Yorkshire and Humberside League: Winners

National Championship: Runners Up


Yorkshire and Humberside League: Winners

National Championship: Finalists


Yorkshire & Humberside League: Runners Up

National Championship: 7th Place


Yorkshire and Humberside League: Winners



Our Basketball Academy is based at our City and Hillsborough Campuses, which are complete with sports halls, fully-equipped fitness suite and 3G sports pitches (Hillsborough only). 

As part of the Basketball Academy, you'll have the opportunity to use all of the sports facilities for:

  • strength and conditioning training
  • one-to-one and team coaching sessions
  • team practices and matches

Upcoming Fixtures



How to Get Involved

If you're keen to get involved with the Basketball Academy and represent the college in one of the top basketball competitions in the country then look no further!

Selections for the 2022/23 team will take place over a series of training sessions, so make sure you come along to the first session:

  • Date TBA
  • Location TBA

In order to join the team you must make sure that you are enrolled on a full-time or part-time course at The Sheffield College.