Leeds Carnegie Basketball


Inspire. Achieve. Excel.


The Leeds Carnegie Basketball programme was established in 2006 in a partnership between Leeds Metropolitan University and the Leeds North-East School Sports Partnership based at Carr Manor High School. Fast forward to 2012 and Leeds Carnegie basketball now boasts the most comprehensive programme in West Yorkshire and aspires to be a national leader. We are focusing on four key areas of growth at the local, regional and national level.

Performance Pathway Development

Participation and Community Development

Facility Access and Development

Supporting Social Agendas and Educational Initiatives

Mission Statement

“To direct a positive basketball movement which ensures the growth of young people physically, mentally and socially. Through quality instruction in a safe and supportive environment, we aim to create clear developmental pathways which identify talent, challenge potential and promote excellence. Ensuring that each child has the finest opportunity to fulfil their aspirations and dreams”

Inspire. Achieve. Excel.

The club holds Sport England and England Basketball Club Mark accreditation as well as being an England Basketball Four Star club. Each accreditation outlines the club’s commitment and dedication to the development of a basketball community in Leeds. One that ensures a safe and friendly environment for all its members and one that is tailored to develop basketball players, coaches, officials and volunteers

Leeds Carnegie Basketball has committed to developing a participation and performance pathway for all participants and is reflected in the club structure. The university based programme has seen significant growth with Leeds Metropolitan University providing the base for the senior national league programme with Leeds Carnegie competing in both the Men’s and Women’s National League Division One. Leeds Carnegie basketball also competes in the National League Division Three (Men) and the Leeds and District Basketball League Premier (Men and Women). Furthermore the senior programme fields five Men’s and two Women’s teams in British Universities and Colleges competition as well as hosting a weekly intramural league and annual 3 on 3 competitions.

The junior programme is currently based at several high school sites in the city and provides the local youth access to the junior national league structure. Leeds Carnegie Juniors are active in the U13’s, U14’s, U16’s and U18’s boy’s and U16’s girls competitions. Driven by the growth of our community club network, which provides access and opportunity for those new to the game the programme is beginning to produce representatives at a regional, national and international level.

Additionally the club has also established a charitable arm the Leeds Carnegie Basketball Foundation (LCBF Charity Number: 114096). The purpose of this body is to maintain and develop relationships within the partnership networks to ensure growth and sustainability. The LCBF will continue to deliver curricular and extra-curricular sessions, community development and special projects with such partners as the Youth Services Department, Extended Services and West Yorkshire Police.


  • Matthew Newby

    Director of Basketball and Head Men's Coach

    Matt Newby is entering his sixth season at Leeds Metropolitan University as the head coach and director of basketball. Throughout his tenure Matt has committed himself to developing an elite performance programme at the University. This has seen the development and respective promotion of men’s and women’s senior teams which play in the national league and we now have a men’s and women’s team in National League Division One and a Men’s National League Division Three side.

    Matt received his degree in Sports Studies and Applied Social Sciences from St Martins College, Lancaster. He is an EBBA Level 3 coach, EBBA Coach Educator and has enjoyed a 15 year coaching career working on multiple levels of the performance continuum. Matt has been an active member in numerous projects and initiatives as a grassroots and community sports coach. In the past with Preston Borough Council, Leeds City Council and as a director of his of his own company Global Hoops and more recently through the relationship developed between Leeds Metropolitan University and the School Sports partnership network in Leeds and the formation of the Leeds Carnegie Junior basketball club and Leeds Carnegie Basketball foundation.

    Additionally he continues to advise on the development of basketball in Leeds and the West Yorkshire area and mentor younger coaches within the programme. This compliments his belief that we can build a framework from participation to performance that reflects the needs of both the local and broader basketball community.

    In 2010 through an evolving partnership with 5 Star Basketball and Leeds Metropolitan University, the basketball programme hosted the 5 Star Basketball Camp under Matt’s direction. The camp will be returning to Leeds for the third time in 2012. Matt has coached at a number of programmes including Preston Pride, York Vikings, Leeds Tigers, St Martins College, the RAF U23’s and the BUCS England representative squad. He also received coach of the year honours in 2006/07 Division 4 (North), 2007/08 Division 3 (North) and 2008/09 Division 2.

    He has spent multiple summers continuing his professional development by touring the USA and coaching on prestigious basketball camps such as Five Star and the Hoop Groups Eastern Invitational. Matt is currently studying towards the MA in sports coaching at Leeds Metropolitan University and joined the teaching staff of the undergraduate sports coaching degree.

  • Oliver Hylands

    Operations Director

    Oliver took the Head of Marketing and Administration position after graduating, from Leeds Metropolitan University, with a Sports Marketing and PR degree. The role is underpinned by his experience as a National League Division One player, Level Two Coach, Level Two Referee, Level Two Table Official and Statistician. He has made use of his statistical skills at the 2012 Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and the Paralympic World Cup. He has also been selected to provide statistics at the Euroleague Juniors Tournament and Euroleague Final Fours at the O2 Arena, London in 2013.

    Oliver is a very familiar face at Carnegie; prior to taking up this busy role he fulfilled a similar role as a volunteer. He was also the Basketball Club’s Athletic Union Captain and one of the programmes lead administrators, whilst taking responsibility for communications with the media and stakeholders. This was recognised with him receiving the Leeds Metropolitan Sports Volunteer of the Year 2011/2012 and a Highly Commended Leeds Sports Awards, Leeds Trinity Award for Student Sport 2012. As Head Coach of Carnegie Women’s 2nd Team, Oliver is looking to share the skill and experience gained during his four years of basketball at Carnegie.

  • Mark Mills

    Commercial Director

    Full bio coming soon…

  • Mark Gunn

    Women's Head Coach

    Mark Gunn returns to Carnegie taking up the position of Women’s 1st Team Head Coach with a focus on strengthening the girls programme, rebuilding the women’s programme and supporting club development off the court.

    Mark graduated in 2003 with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science from York St Johns College where he met his wife Nicola and began his coaching career alongside Coach Newby and Coach Hartley at York Vikings. In continuing at the junior boys national league level whilst coaching in the community Mark commenced his journey along the England Basketball coach development pathway leading and supporting at the county and regional level (North Yorkshire U13 Boys and Girls, North of England Boys APC and Yorkshire U17 Boys).

    In 2009 Mark was appointed as Bradford Metropolitan District Council Community Basketball Coach and Development Officer leading to joining Leeds Carnegie as the Women’s 2nd Team Head Coach in 2009/10 under the tutelage of 2008/10 Women’s 1st Team Head Coach James Bambury. Mark left the programme on a 27 – 6 record (achieving promotion into BUCS Northern 1A, BUCS Northern Conference Cup title, securing the LDBL Women’s title and winning the LDBL Knockout Cup) to build his own women’s programme from scratch at Bradford Dragons and the University of Bradford.

    After a season assisting within the men’s programme and preparing the foundations for the women’s programme Mark compiled and overall 71 – 9 record (2011-13) quickly making an impact of the female game winning the inaugural 2011/12 Women’s National Founders Cup North league title, finishing runners up in the national playoffs, plus repeating previous honours securing the LDBL Women’s title, winning the LDBL Knockout Cup remaining unbeaten in BUCS and securing promotion into BUCS Northern 1A – the first time in the University of Bradford’ history! Mark continued the club and BUCS programme development in 2012/13 achieving the VCARS.co.uk Women’s Division 2 North title, winning the 2013 Women’s National Trophy, securing the BUCS Northern 1A league title and being awarded VCARS.co.uk Women’s Division 2 North Coach of the Year.

    During this time Mark continued along the coach development pathway (North Yorkshire U13 Boys and Girls, Yorkshire Boys APC, Yorkshire U15 Boys and England Universities Women).

  • Rob Saipe

    Carnegie II Head Coach

    Rob is currently Head Coach for Leeds Carnegie II, he has also been coach at Leeds Tigers and for Yorkshire U17 Boys

    Rob Saipe is a former BBL Player, he has won five national student titles. He also has over 20 years of coaching experience at many levels. Rob is an EB Level 3 coach and also an accredited coach tutor for England Basketball. He has also acted as a Consultant to Sports Coach UK on standardisation of Current National Coaching Awards as well as published books in Working in Sport and Recreation and coaching.

    Rob’s coaching experience includes Camp Director of National Basketball Camps, Former Leeds Met University Head Coach, Area Performance Centre Coach, Regional Yorkshire Coach for U15 & U17 Boys, Leeds Tigers Junior Coach.

  • Bob Muir

    Carnegie Men's Assistant Coach

    Bob has a practising basketball coach for over 14 years across participation and performance pathway. He previously spent six seasons as an assistant coach in the men’s English Basketball National Division One with the Teesside Mohawks. During which time the club won the National Trophy four seasons in a row, three of which included the domestic treble (winning the National Trophy, National Cup and National Division One title in the same season).

    Bob started working for Leeds Metropolitan University in September 2005 as a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching and currently acts as a consultant to the UK Centre for Coaching Excellence working with several National Governing Bodies of spot to scope and develop United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level 4 programmes across different coaching domains.

    Bob currently holds an MSC in sports coaching and is currently studying for his PHD.

    He has worked with Leeds Carnegie Basketball since 2007, working specifically on Carnegie’s defence. He is an invaluable member of the coaching staff with his experience.

  • Samit Nuruzade

    Men's Assistant Coach

    Coming soon…

  • Ben Kirk

    Carnegie II Assistant Coach

    Ben has been involved in regional performance teams in the Yorkshire region for over 5 years he has coached the U13’s West Yorkshire team and is currently the assistant coach for the U17’s Yorkshire team under mentor Rob Saipe. In addition he has coached at Leeds Tigers for several years and currently coaches their U15’s programme. As a player he played in the National League for Bradford Dragons, Sheffield and East London. He has made a big impression with players and coaches alike at the Fivestar Basketball Camp over the past two summers and his knowledge of Strength and Conditioning compliments his talent for individual development.

  • Ben Allen

    U18 Women's Head Coach

    Since the launch of the girls programme in the 2007-08 season, Ben has committed to the development of the girls game in the city of Leeds and the Yorkshire region.
    He has worked as the Head Coach of the West Yorkshire U13’s programme and as Pat Smith’s Assistant Coach with the Yorkshire U13’s girls. He is a graduate of York St Johns College and has worked within the local authority, the Carr Manor SSP and as a lead coach for Global Hoops Ltd. His passion for the game is reflected in his desire to improve every individual under his charge. Ben played for Leeds Tigers as a junior, captained his university side and still plays in the Leeds and District Premier League for the Mandela Warriors.

  • Ben Pickles

    U18 Men's Head Coach

    Coming Soon…

  • Jack Stannard

    U16 Boys Premier Head Coach

    Coming soon…

  • Paul Holland

    U16 Boys Conference Head Coach

    Coming soon…

  • Kendal James

    Girls U16 Head Coach

    Coming soon…

  • Juanma Coronil Martinez

    U15 Boys Head Coach

    Coming soon…

  • Alex Atkinson

    U14 Boys Head Coach

    Alex is currently studying a MA in Sports Coaching at Leeds Metropolitan University following graduating with a 1st in the undergraduate degree. He assisted Ben Pickles with the U16’s in the 2010-11 season suitable impressing players and coaches alike with his unique style. This year sees him take charge of the U14’s with a talented crop of players with their eyes firmly set on a league title. Alex has recently been appointed as an assistant with the England Basketball Area Performance Centre and teaches on the undergraduate degree at LMU.