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.
For the 2021-22 academic year AoC Sport will be delivering officiating hubs in basketball and futsal.
We are currently working in partnership with England Colleges RFU to refine the model for rugby officiating hubs, with more information to follow.
Recruiting basketball officiating hubs
One college in each of the nine regions is selected to be a basketball officiating hub via application.
An application process opened for the 2020-21 academic year, but due to Covid-19 restrictions the programme was postponed and some regions do not have an established hub for the 2021-22 academic year.
Therefore, we are now inviting applications from colleges in the following regions:
- North West
- West Midlands
Applications should be submitted via this form, between Wednesday 21 April and midday on Friday 7 May. Below is further detail including the commitment, expectations and criteria required to become a basketball officiating hub.
Students will be upskilled through the Basketball England Level 1 Table Official course. This course can be delivered online as an e-learning course or in person by a qualified tutor.
AoC Sport will provide £100 funding to support the delivery of the officiating hub, which should be used to subsidise the course. Colleges can decide how to run the course and if they would like to include more students than the minimum of 10. To give an example of the cost, an online L1 Basketball England Table Officials course for 10 participants would require the college to contribute £5 per student.
AoC Sport will also provide ongoing support, including a review meeting following delivery of the course and the regional tournament to discuss what worked well, challenges, and feedback from the college and students.
Expectations and requirements:
- The college will be required to organise the course directly with Basketball England which should be delivered by 1 October 2021. The confirmed course date must be communicated to AoC Sport by 2 July 2021
- The college must commit to supporting a minimum of 10 students to complete the course
- The college must ensure all students completing the course are available to table official at the relevant Regional Tournaments in Autumn 2021
- The college must commit to completing required monitoring and evaluation including ensuring all students complete an AoC Sport student volunteer registration form
- The college must join the AoC Sport Leadership Academy if they have not already.
If you have any questions on basketball officiating hubs please contact Alix.Jenner@aoc.co.uk.