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Basketball: information for prospective students

Our high-performance basketball program is based on the Cambridge campus. We are focused on recruiting and developing UK based players, combined with talented international scholars to create an exciting high-performance environment.

We are seeking Academy graduates from CBL or EABL Men or Women who intend to study in the UK. Our program is holistic in its approach to developing players along Basketball England’s five pillars of performance.

We hope to develop our student athletes on AND off the floor.

“It’s the small details we’re taught which makes us different. That’s what gives us an edge going into games.”
Olisaemeka Ijeh, BEng Computer Science

Our men’s basketball team has become one of the most successful teams within all of ARU sport.

They compete in both British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and National Basketball League (NBL) competition.

In 2019/20 the BUCS side went 10-0 to gain promotion to tier 1, while in NBL D3 we were Runners up in 2019/20 and champions in 2020/21. Our current goal is to gain promotion to NBL D2.

Read more about men's basketball.

Team practice for 2 hours on Tuesday & Thursday evenings.

Small group workouts on Monday & Friday.

Physiotherapy support at Thursday practice & home games.

Free access to our strength & conditioning facilities along with program design and support.

British University Competition on Wednesdays.

National League competition on weekends.

Regional competitive opportunities for athletes not selected to the NBL side.

Partnership with Kelsey Kerridge SC to allow access to court for additional shooting work when available.

All basketball athletes will also be actively encouraged to complete coaching or officiating qualifications.

Read more about more about the training schedule.

Our women’s team compete in both British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) competition. They won numerous National Titles in recent years and continue to be successful. We have won numerous National Titles in recent years including back to back NBL playoff winners in 2018 & 2019.

Our Sport Scholarship is designed to support talented athletes during their time at ARU.
There are two levels of scholarship, ranging from £1,400 up to £12,500 per year.

Podium level

Offered to students who are of an international standard and can successfully compete at the highest level of university sport and above, this scholarship is worth up to £12,500 per year. It is given as a full or partial fee waiver.

Elite level

We offer scholarships of £1,400 per year to cover performance-related costs for students who compete at regional or national level. It is given as a cash bursary.

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Read more about scholarships.