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The City of London Basketball Academy

The City of London Basketball Academy (Southwark) was launched across the City of London (Southwark) in September 2013 to create a centre of excellence with the employment of two full time National Basketball League Coaches.  We are pleased to announce that CoLA has been approved by the National Governing Body, England

Basketball, as an accredited 'Basketball School.’ We are now one of only ten schools in England to be awarded this status.


Our Basketball Academy team have had an extremely successful year, the culmination of which was the Under 16 Girls Basketball team winning the London Community Basketball Finals.  Twenty students have been selected for the London Youth Games Basketball competition and a number of Basketball Academy students have been selected to play for Peckham Pride basketball, winning the National Cup in Manchester.  The Under 15 Boys team have also been extremely successful being one of the top teams in the country.  These are just a few of the outstanding achievements in the first year  of the Basketball Academy. Update - U17 Boys CoLA Basketball Team are 2015 Basketball England National Schools Champions! Please see the Latest News item below.


The aims of the Basketball Academy are to:


·         Create a basketball culture and environment within the Academy

·         Develop basketball players from Beginner level through to Elite player

·         Encourage and support the role of students as athletes, by                           developing student discipline, professionalism and integrity

·         Support the educational demands of student athletes whilst they train           and study


The Basketball Academy students participate in a vibrant, disciplined and purposeful learning environment where they have the opportunity to excel collectively and independently.  The City of London Academy (Southwark) has created a unique provision for students who wish to develop their basketball at the same time as studying for post 16 qualifications.  The City of London Academy (Southwark) is also committed to Basketball as a flagship team sport across the whole of the Academy.


Students enrolled in the Basketball Academy programme receive team training sessions to meet their specific individual basketball needs.





Latest News

CoLA Basketball Academy Success

U17 Boys Team Crowned National Champions

The City of London Academy (Southwark) (CoLA) Basketball Academy have defied the odds by not only reaching a Basketball England National Schools U17 Final, but actually going on and winning it in style against their rivals, Charnwood Basketball Academy. All this after only two years since forming the CoLA Basketball Academy.

An energised CoLA team took a 10-2 lead four minutes into the game behind some excellent full court play from team members Amin Adamu and Shaquille Walters. Things were never going to be that easy, however, as Charnwood progressed at the six minute mark of the game going on an 8-0 scoring run behind their 6'11 England star, Henri Langton.

The second quarter began and with Charnwood gaining a commanding 9 point lead, using the size advantage over CoLA to get continuous easy opportunities around the basket. The CoLA coaching staff called timeout to rally the troops which had the desired effect, as CoLA came storming back with five unanswered scores to take the lead 34-33 at half time.

Throughout the first half, CoLA continuously pressed the action with Charnwood; the second half began and it was clear the tactics of relentless moving forward against Charnwood was working as CoLA went on to a 14-4 run. Extremely strong play from England’s Shaquille Walters and guard Kemar Hawes saw CoLA take a 16 point lead into the final stanza.

After growing ever more confident after a flurry of four dunks in the 3rd quarter, the fourth quarter became more of a formality with the CoLA coaches deciding to use their entire squad for the rest of the game. CoLA ran out comfortable eventual 13 point winner (71-58) to secure the Academy's first national title in its ten year history and hopefully the first of many for the new and very successful Basketball Academy.

Shaquille Walters stole the hotly contested Most Valuable Player award with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Shaquille said afterwards "It was always our goal to be here.  It was a long hard season and things could have been very different. We held our focus however and all feel extremely blessed we can say were are the 2014/15 undefeated U17 National Schools Champions. It was a total team effort"

Co-Head Coach also added "This award is a testament to the hard work that takes place all around our Academy.  It’s for the students and all the teaching staff who allow these young student-athletes to gain the necessary grades to take the court on memorable days like this. The coaching staff are extremely proud of everyone at the Academy and hope this will be the first of many successes".



For further information about the CoLA Basketball Academy, please contact Coaches Jackson or Sterling on 020 7394-5192


or via email at



Please see the attachment below for further information on the CoLA Basketball Academy

  1. Basketball Academy Leaflet