About Leicester College

Leicester College is one of the largest in the UK with more than 27,400 learners studying with us on a wide range of courses, from many backgrounds and with different ambitions and aspirations. We are committed to enriching the lives of all members of the community and to creating new opportunities for them.

Leicester College Key facts and figures

  *   We offer hundreds of courses from entry level to university level
*   We provide training for thousands of local and national companies
*   We have three state-of-the-art city centre campuses and run courses in more than 80 community venues.
*   Our overall success rates are in the top 25% of colleges nationally
*   We are also a member of the 157 Group. The 157 Group is a consortium of 30 of the UK’s largest FE Colleges who offer a UK-wide view of educational practice and policy development.

New Community Sports Arena Opening Autumn 2015:

• Study sport courses at Leicester College and from 2015 you could be learning in a brand new 2000 plus capacity Community Sports arena next to our Abbey Park Campus.

• A new £4.5m Community Sports Arena will be the new home of Leicester’s championship winning basketball team the Leicester Riders as well as part of the teaching and learning offer to all our learners on our sports courses.

•  The new arena will be twice the size of our existing facilities with a sports hall equivalent to 8 badminton courts, a brand new fitness suite and new classrooms.

•  In addition all Leicester College learners will be able to benefit from a sports membership of this new arena once it is built at community rates.

• A gallery of photos will be updated regularly on our website 2015 to show the build of the new community sports arena in progress.

About the Leicester Riders

The Leicester Riders Basketball Club is the oldest professional club in British basketball. They were founded on April 26th 1967 at Loughborough University, and were originally known as the Loughborough All Stars. The Riders were an original member of England Basketball’s National League, when it was established in 1972, and founder members of British Basketball League, when it was established in 2007. The Rider’s women are founder members of the Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL), established in May 2014.

In 2014, Riders were the largest basketball Club in the country by membership, and the men are BBL Cup champions, and the Rider’s women are National Playoff Champions. In 2013, the Rider’s men were treble winners – winning the BBL Championship, Cup and Playoffs.

The Riders have one of the largest Applied Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (ASSE) programmes in the country, an elite programme for men and women, in partnership with Loughborough University, and the Riders also undertake a huge programme of community development work, involving 100 local schools, and over 15,000 young people, with a variety of private, public and third sector partners.

About Leicester City Council

Leicester City Council aims to get more people taking part in sport in all communities across the city. It does this by bringing together partners working in sport and physical activity to help them to work more effectively, and by enabling others to invest in sport in our city.

It supports the development of grass-roots sport with the aim of creating strong, local club structures. And it reaches out to city communities to ensure it provides local services based on need.

The City Council is very proud to be a partner in the Leicester Community Sports Arena.