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UCL Women’s Basketball embodies UCL’s privilege of being renowned as ‘London’s global university’ as players unite from all over the world to have fun, improve their game, and form a team known for our fair-play mentality and strong team spirit. The club takes pride in this international aspect and the huge interest from overseas students is reflected as we are expanding steadily year by year.

To cater for players of all levels, we have 2 competitive teams in BUCS leagues, a competitive LUSL league, and a recreational and development team that has the chance to play in the TeamUCL 3v3 women's league. More experienced players compete in BUCS against teams from across the southeast, while the improving players and beginners have the opportunity to play other London universities in LUSL. Our teams also play the BUCS and LUSL Cups during the season. BUCS teams train hard multiple times a week ensuring that players are fit and confident to win games throughout the season. Social players train every Saturday with the whole club and every second week! Of course, we cannot forget the highly anticipated Varsity against Kings in March, in which we will try to defeat them and keep the Champions title that we fought hard for last year.

Off the court, the team meets after matches to unwind over drinks, games and music on sports night, and at many other socials, including several alcohol-free socials, throughout the year – anything from board-game nights to bowling! Luckily, this year we are back with our in-person socials and everyone is welcome to join! Additionally, we always try to support all of our teams when our matches aren't at the same time, as well as the men's teams, which sometimes join us for sports nights too. This year we are looking forward to running a UK tour in term 2, and an international tour at the end of term 3!

We run volunteering events and fundraisers throughout the year to support our community. We also run an interclub mentorship program – Mums&Mums - providing you with academic support by pairing you with older years on similar degree pathways, and general help getting settled in London and making sure you feel connected within the club! We also have several international, postgraduate, and PhD students. This year available to both disabled and non-disabled students, new to TeamUCL, is wheelchair basketball! We offer multiple opportunities for our players to become qualified table officials, referees, and coaches, partially funded by the union! We have two Pride in Sport representatives in our club and are proud allies of the LGBTQ+ community.

OUR TEAMS

1st TEAM

Our 1st Team is one of UCL's High Performance Teams and will have regular strength and conditioning sessions organised monthly by TeamUCL and additional physiotherapy support will also be provided. The team plays in the BUCS 2nd Division and the regional BUCS knockout cup. The team trains 3 times a week, including Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Most fixtures are on Wednesday afternoons and evenings.

2nd TEAM

Our 2nd Team plays in the BUCS 2nd Division and in the regional BUCS knockout cup. The team trains 3 times a week as well, including Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Most fixtures are on Wednesday afternoons and evenings.

LUSL TEAM

Our LUSL Team plays with other London universities. If you're a less experienced player who wants to get more playing time or can only make weekend fixtures, the LUSL team is for you! Usually, the LUSL team trains every other week on Thursday evenings and every Saturday morning. This is a fantastic way for everyone to get more game time and develop their basketball skills!

RECREATIONAL&DEVELOPMENT TEAM

On Saturday mornings we run social basketball for players of all levels to come train. Our 1s and 2s also train at this time, but our coaches focus on helping beginners and newcomers to learn. Social players are welcome to come along to Saturday training every week. This year, if you would like to, you'll have the chance to participate in the TeamUCL 3v3 women's league against other beginner players from other clubs and societies!

Contact us!

Make sure you follow us on Instagram for all announcements and updates (including signups for trials and tasters!) – Turn on post notifications to know what’s happening as soon as it is released!

Instagram: @uclwb (please don't hesitate to DM us, we reply super quick!!)

Or just drop an email to [email protected] (we will reply ASAP!!)

 

FAQs

1. Where and when do you train?

1st Team

Monday, 20:00-22:00 Somers Town Community Sports Centre, 134 Chalton St, London NW1 1RX

every other Thursday, 19:00-21:00 SoleStar Arts, Heartlands High School, Station Road, Wood Green, London N22 6TN

Wednesday, usually most BUCS games will be scheduled

Saturday, 9:00-10:00 Somers Town Community Sports Centre, 134 Chalton St, London NW1 1RX

2nd Team

Monday&every other Thursday, 19:00-21:00 SoleStar Arts, Heartlands High School, Station Road, Wood Green, London N22 6TN

Wednesday, usually most BUCS games will be scheduled

Saturday, 9:00-10:00 Somers Town Community Sports Centre, 134 Chalton St, London NW1 1RX

LUSL Team 

every other Thursday, 19:00-21:00 SoleStar Arts, Heartlands High School, Station Road, Wood Green, London N22 6TN

Saturday, 10:00-11:00 Somers Town Community Sports Centre, 134 Chalton St, London NW1 1RX

Sunday, usually LUSL games will be scheduled

R&D Team

Saturday, 10:00-11:00 Somers Town Community Sports Centre, 134 Chalton St, London NW1 1RX

2. What membership should I buy?

Don’t buy a membership until after tasters and trials! We will inform players what teams they are on. You will need to buy a free ticket to attend any of our trials or social sessions – so make sure you buy tickets! 

3. What is the difference between a trial and a taster session?

Our trials and tasters are free. Trials are for those who are more experienced and would like to join our BUCS competitive teams(1st and 2nd teams). Tasters are for those who are less experienced or never played basketball before, and just want to try basketball and have fun!!.

4. I’m not at UCL, can I still come to trials, tasters and training?

Sorry! Our sessions are only for current UCL students. If you are an affiliate student you can come to our training (including competitive!) but you won’t be able to play in our competitive games (but you can play in friendlies!). If you’re not sure what kind of student you are, DM us on social media, and we'll let you know.

5. What if I’m ill or can't attend the trials and taster sessions?

If you can't attend, don’t worry! Please don’t come in if you’re not feeling well. Either DM us on social media or email Jane Yin to let us know! We will find time for you to come and trial for a team.

6. Who should I contact for more specific questions? 

DM us on social media or write us an email! We are quite speedy at replying!

7. How are you connected to the Men’s Basketball Club?

The Men’s have a separate club but we make sure to support each other's games (especially varsity!) and often run joint socials and training! 

8. How can we sponsor your club?

We are welcoming sponsors this year, for sponsorship please contact us at - [email protected] - for more information.

 

This Club is Pride in Sport Accredited