About

Myerscough Basketball Academy is an elite player development programme for 16 to 19 year olds, which combines top-level basketball training with academic study.


Launched in September 2013, Myerscough College Basketball Academy was created to give aspiring basketball players the opportunity to live and train at the highest level possible alongside academic study. Our student athletes will gain a comprehensive understanding of the game through high-quality coaching in both an individual and team setting, and have the opportunity to continue on to pursue a university level degree or to enter the professional world of basketball.

Myerscough has already built a storied history in just five short years claiming four Elite Academy Basketball League Conference Championships (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2017-18) and a playoff title (2014-15). The Academy has also added back-to-back Under-18 Men's Cup Championships (2016-17, 2017-18) and Under-17 Girls and Under-19 Men's Championships in 2016-17, alongside numerous accolades.

Under the direction of Programme Leader Neal Hopkins, Myerscough has produced three EABL Conference Players of the Year and had four players named to the All-EABL North/West Conference First Team and five to the Second Team.

The Academy's student-athletes receive elite level coaching and have access to state-of-the-art facilities at Myerscough's Preston-based campus. The High Performance Centre -- opened in 2016 -- is home to a regulation court, strength and conditioning suite, changing rooms and basketball office, and represents the base for basketball at Myerscough College.

What the Academy can offer:

  • Scholarship opportunities to UK Universities for some students
  • Professional coaching in a professional environment
  • National Centre for Sporting Excellence - the best coaches, facilities and support
  • Bursary Funds - up to £1,200 to support your studies
  • Full accommodation available on campus
  • Top 10% of colleges nationwide for academic success
  • Residential Bursary funds - up to £3,400 to cover the cost of living at Myerscough
  • Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation clinics
  • Basketball England AASE programme for players on the performance pathway