AoC Sport is working with colleges across the country to deliver officiating hubs. The hubs provide students with subsidised officiating qualifications and the opportunity to put the qualifications into practice through regional tournaments and league competitions.
In the first year of the programme AoC Sport trained 40 students from four colleges as basketball table officials. Three of these students were then selected to table official at the National Championships.
To deliver futsal officiating hubs we worked closely with County FAs to train 50 students from six colleges to support the AoC Sport regional futsal competitions.
2021-22 academic year
Following an application process AoC Sport is delighted to announce the basketball officiating hubs:
- East – Oaklands College
- East Midlands – Derby College
- London – St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College
- North West – Blackburn College
- South East – Barton Peveril College
- South West – Truro & Penwith College
- West Midlands – Stoke-on-Trent College
- Yorkshire & Humber – Sheffield College
Each basketball officiating hub will receive £100 funding to subsidise the cost of a Level 1 Table Official course for a minimum of ten students in addition to ongoing support from a designated AoC Sport member of staff.
We are working with The FA to better understand the requirements for qualifying new officials in line with their recent changes to FA Education. We will update colleges as soon as possible.
We are currently working in partnership with England Colleges RFU to refine the model for rugby officiating hubs, with more information to follow.
If you have any questions on basketball officiating hubs please contact Alix.Jenner@aoc.co.uk.