Women's Performance Basketball

Loughborough Students Basketball continues to thrive as a programme since formation of the Loughborough Basketball Programme Partnership between Loughborough University, Loughborough College and Charnwood College.

The Women’s First team compete in the WBBL, the semi-professional league and the highest level of basketball in the country, alongside BUCS. The league features many colligate graduates from the US as well many international players.

The programme continues to strive to pursue excellence on and off the court and challenge the status quo of basketball in the UK, with many Alumni now current professional players and many more working in professional sport. Loughborough teams have competed regularly around the globe in recent years.

The Women’s Basketball programme includes two further teams competing in BUCS with the second team competing in NBL Division One.  

Women’s Basketball have taken three of the last six BUCS Championships titles (2017, 2015, 2013) whilst building their stature in club competition to rise from National League Division Two through to the WBBL (Women’s British Basketball League) to then reach the WBBL Trophy Final in 2017 and in the 2018 season are making a push for their first league title.

As a first team squad member you will receive expert coaching, access to our world class facilities, heavily discounted Powerbase gym membership, strength and conditioning training, sports science and sports medicine support. Find out more about our support.

Krumesh Patel

Head Coach

Krumesh Patel enters his sixth season with the Leicester Riders and steps into the role as Head Coach of the Women’s programme to lead the WBBL (Women’s British Basketball League) team for his first season.

Coach Patel, a Leicester native, worked his way through the Leicester Riders pathway whilst combining his role as Head Coach of the WBBL with work at Charnwood College Riders academy, helping them reach the National final three years in a row.

Ashley Cookson

University Head Coach

Ashley Cookson enters his second season with Loughborough Women’s Basketball, transitioning to University Head Coach to lead the team in BUCS competition whilst assisting Head Coach Krumesh Patel in the WBBL following his return from coaching in Australia for four seasons in a variety of roles.

Notable alumni

Loughborough’s Women’s programme has a tremendous history, previously being a focal point of the Women’s National Team programme, a point it has reached once more with many recent players.

Loughborough’s Women’s teams have features players that have gone onto professional contracts, World University games teams and the Commonwealth Games. The most notable recent graduate being Georgia Jones, competing with the Great Britain National team as well as continuing professional basketball with the Leicester Riders and then the Manchester Mystics.


For our most exceptional performance basketball players, we offer sports scholarships to help with the costs of training and competition.

Prospective students

Basketball at Loughborough continues to grow and evolve and are always looking for fresh new talented players to help the programme continue to move forwards.

If you are interested in getting involved in basketball at Loughborough please email us with your full details.

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