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 who 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 programme – 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.

 

COVID-19

We are fortunate to be returning to play unrestricted this year. All of our activities are run safely following Public Health England, UCL and Basketball England guidelines as and when they are updated. We are committed to keeping our members safe, and as a club encourage bi-weekly lateral flow testing and vaccination against covid-19 in line with government guidelines.

 

TRIALS AND TASTERS

Trials

Monday, September 26th, 8-10 PM Somers Town: Trial #1

Thursday, September 29th, 7-8.30 PM City Academy: Trial #2

Monday, October 3rd, 8-10 PM Somers Town: Trial #3

Thursday, October 6th, 7-8.30 PM City Academy: Trial #4

Saturday, October 8th, 9-10 AM Somers Town: Trial #5

 

Somers Town Community Sports Centre: 134 Chalton St, NW1 1RX

The City Academy, Hackney: Homerton Row, E9 6EA

Please sign-up via the google form so we know when you are available; you’ll receive an email confirmation about the days you can attend. Unfortunately, we can’t let you participate if you haven’t filled out the form. You are required to get our FREE tasters membership in order to attend.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16-KWpFFo4t4k2J12LcsYcsh3-I6re3H9HDqqaZ…

 

Tasters

Tuesday, September 27th, 6-8 PM Haggerston School: Taster session #1

Monday, October 3rd, 6-8 PM Haggerston School: Taster session #2

Tuesday, October 4th, 6-8 PM Haggerston School: Taster session #3

Saturday, October 8th, 10-11 AM Somers Town: Taster session #4

 

Somers Town Community Sports Centre: 134 Chalton St, NW1 1RX

Haggerston School: Weymouth Terrace, E2 8LS

Please sign-up via the google form so we know when you are available; you’ll receive an email confirmation about the days you can attend. Unfortunately, we can’t let you participate if you haven’t filled out the form. You are required to get our FREE tasters membership in order to attend.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dOJGpBytYv0DIzyVq-cCoo5Z4Gr6I2QbYJYSVn…

 

 

OUR TEAMS

1st TEAM

Our 1st Team plays in the BUCS 1st Division and the national BUCS knockout cup. The team trains multiple times a week, including Monday 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 multiple times a week, including Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. Most fixtures are on Wednesday afternoons and evenings.

LUSL TEAM

Our LUSL Team plays other local London clubs. 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! 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!

 

COME FIND US

You will be able to find us on campus at the TeamUCL campus takeover and the Welcome Fair at the end of Welcome Week.

Keep an eye out for more information about this here and on our social media platforms.

 

Contact us!

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

Instagram: @uclwb

Facebook: UCL Women’s Basketball

 

FAQs

1. Where and when do you train?

Training for the 1s and all Saturday sessions will be at Somers Town Community Centre. 2s will train at Haggerton School or Somers Town on Monday evenings and are also at Somers Town on Saturdays. The LUSL and R&D teams will train at Somers Town on Saturdays and every other week at Haggerston School.

2. What membership should I buy?

Don’t buy 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. We will split up each 2-hour session into trials and tasters depending on demand on the day! Don’t worry – if you don’t want to trial for a team, you don’t have to! Just come along 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 Luisa 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