Basketball Academy

We’ve joined forces with the region’s premier basketball team, Newcastle Eagles, to offer talented players the chance to bring out the best in their basketball performance while studying for a qualification.

You can study any of our full time school leaver programmes in sport or any other subject, including A Levels and become a member of our Basketball Academy.

You’ll develop the knowledge and expertise you need to go on to university or straight into work or an apprenticeship and gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst training and competing every week to develop your basketball skills.


To make sure all our academy members stay at the top of their game and are able to improve, we’ve created a unique development pathway programme with a dedicated package of support for each level.


  • Winners of the AoC Sport North East league (2011-2012, 2013-2014 & 2015-2016)
  • Fifth place Academy Basketball League ABL finish 2015/16
  • Fourteen students have played for Newcastle Eagles U18
  • Students have played for Newcastle Eagles II team

“I cannot recommend Gateshead College enough to athletes wanting to take their sport further. I now have a scholarship place in the USA.”

Joe Drady, Arlington Country Day School, Florida


Ian MacLeod, Head CoachIan Macleod

Ian has an extensive career in coaching basketball and is a Basketball England Level 3 advanced coach.

He is currently in his fifth year as the assistant coach of the Newcastle Eagles, a position he held during the Eagles quadruple winning British Basketball Championship season in 2014/15. He is also the assistant coach for the Great Britain U18s squad and coached them to a silver medal in the 2017 European Championships.

Prior to this, Ian had a five year winning stint as assistant coach with the England U15 squad, winning Gold and Bronze medals.


Our partnerships

We have partnerships with a number of organisations including Basketball England, Newcastle Eagles and Eagles Community Foundation.

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