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Saints Basketball runs 15 training sessions each week across the club, from recreational fun sessions through to team development and individual skill development for the 4 competitive squads.
Over the course of a week, 1st Team training consists of video analysis, scouting, game prep, skill development, team development, live play and offensive and defensive tactical work. The Women’s performance squad have an additional Strength and Conditioning session aimed at building robust athletes and improving athletic performance on court.
2nd Team sessions include skill development, team development, concept based offensive and defensive technical and tactical work and live play.
Saturday recreational, development and competitive play sessions are open to all members of the club and sessions are tailored to the needs of the group.
All Saints Basketball players complete their Table Official Level 1 in their first year so they can support teams within the club on game days.
The club offers support for players who would like to coach by giving them access to discounted coaching courses and opportunities to develop their skills coaching at recreational, developmental and school taster sessions.
Student coaches from the club have previously held positions as both Head and Assistant Coaches, with a handful of students also coaching at various camps during the summer months.
British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) championships
Saints Basketball currently supports 2 competitive men’s squads and 2 competitive squads within the women’s programme.
All teams compete in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championship.
British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for higher education sport in the UK.
Each squad competes on a weekly basis throughout term time in the tiered BUCS league structure and BUCS knockout competitions, contributing to the University’s overall standing in the BUCS points table.
- Women’s 1s compete in Scottish Division 1, British Trophy and Scottish National Cup – League winners last season
- Men’s 1s compete in Scottish Division 2 and Scottish Conference Cup– 2nd place last season, Cup Winners 2022
- Women’s 2s compete in Scottish Division 3 and Scottish Conference Cup – 2nd place last season
- Men’s 2s compete in Scottish Division 4 and Scottish Conference Plate– 6th place last season
Following a multi-million pound redevelopment of the Performance Centre, students at St Andrews have access to some of the best sports facilities in Scotland.
Saints Sport offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor sports facilities, which are available all year round.Indoor facilities
- dedicated performance suite
- modern, spacious gym
- exercise studio
- four-court sports hall
- new technical climbing wall
- eight-court arena
- four-court indoor tennis centre
- 13 grass pitches
- full-size floodlit 3G synthetic pitch
- sand-dressed synthetic pitch
- four tennis courts
- athletics track
- additional multi-sport grass pitches
- multi-sport courts
The Sports Arena houses two basketball courts, which are utilised for both training and matches. Featuring fully embedded video analysis technology and movable bleacher seating the facility allows for a crowd of 400 spectators at showcase fixtures.
Saints Basketball scholars make use of the top class Performance Suite – a dedicated Strength and Conditioning gym that provides a private space for the performance squad to train undisturbed. Sessions are run by expert Strength and Conditioning accredited coaches who develop basketball specific programmes for our athletes.
Each year, student volunteers from St Andrews team up with students from seven other UK universities as part of the Wallace Group’s Volunteer Zambia Project.
The principal focus of the Wallace Group is to support the work of SIA in the area of sport development, primarily the partnership between SIA, the National Sports Council and Sports Federations who are developing a network of sustainable community sport hub sites across Zambia.
The current focus is to support the development of netball, basketball, and women’s football, with the empowerment of women and girls to support increased participation in sport a critical strand underpinning the whole programme.
Members of Saints Basketball have been representing St Andrews in Lusaka, Zambia every year for the last 8 years. The Volunteer Zambia project has proven amongst volunteers to be an incredibly rewarding and unforgettable experience – if this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Whether you are new to the sport or an experienced basketball player, already attend the University or if you are thinking about attending, please get in touch to register your interest and find out more about our club.
The University hosts a Sports Fayre at the beginning of each academic year during Orientation Week, giving prospective players the opportunity to learn about the club and sign up to ‘Give It A Go’ sessions. Members of our committee will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Give It A Go
We generally hold our GIAG sessions on the Wednesday of Orientation week (please check our social media channels and the orientation app for updates nearer the time).
Trials are generally held on the Friday of Orientation week, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at your earliest convenience if you are interested in playing on one of our teams.
For any students already playing competitive basketball we urge you to get in touch during the spring/summer so we can determine if you would be suitable to attend our pre-season training camp. Pre-season generally runs 7-9 days before Orientation Week each year.
Please email the club to register your interest: [email protected]
All matriculated students at the University can join the Basketball Club.
Please visit the Saints Sport website for a full list of club membership options, prices and information on how to purchase your membership.