North East students are celebrating as their basketball coach
has netted a top spot coaching the country's young talent.
Ian Macleod, coach at Gateshead College and Newcastle Eagles,
has been appointed as assistant coach for England U15s.
The 28 year-old from Walkergate in Newcastle was offered the
position after coaching National League basketball for more than 10
years with the Newcastle Eagles School of Excellence. He's been
head coach for the North East Under 15's Regional Team for the last
Ian has also helped Gateshead College's Basketball Academy to
top the league in the British Colleges (BCS) League and recently
led them to victory in the Gateshead Schools' Cup.
Ian said: "Basketball has really taken off in the UK and lots of
young kids are picking up the sport for the first time, which is
fantastic for the game.
"It's an exciting time for British basketball and I'm so
honoured to have been invited into the National Team Junior set-up
which is made up of the country's top young basketball
Ian will continue to develop the skill and talent of the
Basketball Academy at Gateshead College's Academy for Sport where
he has been Head Coach for three years. He will also continue his
role as development officer and head coach at Newcastle Eagle's
School of Excellence, where he's worked for the last six years.
Lewis Pendleton, Sports Academy Manager at Gateshead College,
said: "We're all extremely proud of Ian and this is a fantastic
achievement for him.
"It's also very good news for our students as it further cements
our commitment to provide the best possible coaching and
development opportunities unrivalled anywhere else in the
In his role as England assistant coach to the U15s, Ian will be
involved in national team training camps and at least one
international tournament, which will be held in June in
Gateshead College's Basketball Academy players receive up to
nine hours professional coaching each week, competitive matches in
English Schools and British Colleges competitions, as well as
specialist Strength and Conditioning support with the students
training alongside senior Newcastle Eagles players. The students
train in world-class facilities at the Academy for Sport at
Gateshead International Stadium and Gateshead Leisure Centre.
Gateshead College is number one for sport in the region. The
college has twelve specialist sport academies in men's and women's
football, athletics, netball, rugby, basketball, cricket, golf,
swimming, judo, rowing and boxing, and the best sport facilities in