Joining the University of Essex as one of our future basketball players, gives you a unique experience to join one of the leading basketball programmes in the UK.
The University is home to the Essex Rebels our professional basketball teams where the women compete in the Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL) and the Men compete in the Basketball England National Basketball League Division 1 and 3. Both our Men’s and Women’s team compete in the BUCS Premier League South, with our Women’s team winning the league titles for the last 5 years and most recently being crowned BUCS National Champions in March 2022.
As a basketball player you'll also have use of our outstanding facilities such as the Essex Sport Arena, home of the Essex Rebels. Built to international sporting standards and the largest spectator arena in the East, it's home to our professional basketball teams as well as the Tendring Essex Superleague Volleyball teams. Playing in the arena is like no other, with the Essex Rebels game day being one of the most exciting game day experiences. Look out for Queen Boudica, our very own mascot and resident DJ Big Dog Ballin, who all add to our fantastic game day experience.
Alongside, a playing career we also have a range of different opportunities to help develop your professional career through placement opportunities including but not limited to Sports Therapy, Performance Analysis, Sport Science and game day support.
The University of Essex was an enjoyable journey for me, I feel I have been able to develop and grow under coach Ross Norfolk whilst achieving a first-class degree in BSc Economics. I’ve been fortunate that I have seen this program grow from the ground up – our success over the years from division 3 to division 1 in the National league became a driving force of mine, and have wanted to make sure I leave a lasting legacy here for the next generation of student athlete. The social side of Men’s basketball became a part of my university experience. And has allowed me to make friends and connection with people from all over the world that will last well beyond my time at University.