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Women's basketball

The University of Central Lancashire's basketball programme is open to players of all levels. Compete in the BUCS Leagues, train with the team or play recreationally.


Marg Jones - Head performance coach

Marg most recently served as assistant coach of the GB U20 women in summer of 2019, helping guide the team to a 4th place finish in the European Championships. In 2017-18 Marg was Head Coach Loughborough Riders National League Div 1 team, assistant with Loughborough University BUC’s 1, and assistant coach of the WBBL Leicester Riders.

In Canada, Marg has served as Head and Assistant Coach of Various Canadian University Women’s basketball programs including Ottawa University, Nipissing University and Carleton University with over a 15 year coaching career in USPORT. Previously Marg was Head of Player and Technical Development for Canada Elite Women's Basketball and Head Coach of Canada Elite’s AAU U-16 women’s team which competed in the Under-Armor Circuit, (Atlanta, Indianapolis, Orlando), summer of 2019.

Marg has served as Lead of Technical Development (Coach and Player) for the Ottawa Next Level Basketball Academy, and served as Head Coach of Next Level Academy boy’s programs (U15-U18) from 2012-2018

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Join one of the North West's biggest and most competitive teams

UCLan's women's basketball club aspires to create an environment that delivers professionally delivered high-level basketball training, providing our student athletes with the opportunity to achieve their personal goals (athletically and academically) as well as granting opportunities within the sport of basketball at both amateur and professional club levels, while at the same time obtaining a degree from a top university.

The University offers a tailored training plan for each individual player focusing on technical skill development and player IQ (Team and Individual). Team members can benefit from individual technical/skill sessions combined with group training sessions and regular video analysis (both individual and team). This is a complete support package to help support and attract committed basketball players.

The women’s basketball programme is working to establish a partnership with the Lancashire Spinners (Women’s National League) and Manchester Mystics (Women’s National League and WBBL) as an opportunity for additional training and competition in National League tier 2 and WBBL.


Monday: 8-10 pm. Team Training/Individual Training

Tuesday:  Individual Training

Wednesday: 6-8 pm. Team Training Or BUCs Fixtures

Thursday: S and C and Individual Training

Friday: 8-10 pm Team Training

Sunday: 12-2 pm Technical Training or Team Training

Additional training support will be provided with dates/times identified by the coach.


Sports scholarships

UCLan is also a Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) institution, which means we are one of 37 delivery sites across the country that are recognised for their profile, experience and reputation associated with performance sport delivery.

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Where you'll train

All basketball training and matches take place at the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre. Our multi-million pound, state-of-the-art, purpose built indoor facility is located at our Preston Campus. STFSC offers a range of activities from UCLan Students' Union sports clubs to instructor led classes and individual gym areas.

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Did you know?

Our GB women’s National team is currently ranked 18th in the FIBA world rankings!