Academy basketball offers our U18s the chance to test themselves against the very best in the country. Michael Anumba, Gina Brierley, Kayem Cleary and Aaron Menzies are just a few of the star names who have played in the EABL (Elite Academy Basketball League) and WEABL (Women’s Elite Academy Basketball League).

The club used to compete in the EABL and WEABL as Loreto Basketball Academy. Following a restructure in 2018, we now play as the Manchester Magic Academy and Manchester Mystics Academy. Both teams reached the play-offs in 2019/20.

The Magic and Mystics still retain strong links with Loreto Sixth Form College, one of the finest academic institutions in the North West of England, but we have also established partnerships with other secondary schools across Greater Manchester, including Trinity Church of England High School and Sixth Form and Manchester College.

For players with aspirations of playing representative basketball or with dreams of winning a place at a college in the USA, playing academy basketball can help.

Not only does their development benefit from competing against other top players, all EABL and WEABL games are filmed and broken down so players can compile highlight reels. They also get access to strength and conditioning sessions, directed by MMU staff at their facility.

Peter Paraskeva is in charge of the EABL and Robert Fairely is in charge of the WEABL Academy teams.

If you would like to know more about the academy, contact us via email on or call the office on 0161 881 0090.

Manchester Magic Academy Fixtures

11/10/23Manchester Magic Academy70-72Derby College Trailblazers
18/10/23SGSC69-107Manchester Magic Academy
1/11/23Manchester Magic Academy 84-72The Sheffield College
8/11/23Birmingham Met College70-90Manchester Magic Academy
22/11/23Manchester Magic Academy 77-78Myerscough
29/11/23Manchester Magic Academy 70-73 Charnwood College Riders
6/12/23Derby College Trailblazers 109-94Manchester Magic Academy
13/12/23Manchester Magic Academy92-82SGSC
17/01/24The Sheffield College 72-63Manchester Magic Academy
24/01/24*Manchester Magic Academy 75-57Birmingham Met College
7/02/24Charnwood College Riders 70-53Manchester Magic Academy
21/02/24Myerscough 79-72Manchester Magic Academy
Home games are played at the Manchester Basketball Centre at 4:15pm *Game to be played at Manchester College Openshaw Campus, M11 2WH at 2:30pm

Manchester Mystics Academy Fixtures

1/11/23Manchester Mystics Academy62-83Charnwood College Riders
8/11/23Manchester Mystics Academy89-35 Nottingham Academy Wildcats @ MBC 4:20pm
15/11/23Manchester Mystics Academy99-75The Sheffield College
29/11/23Charnwood College Riders 73-53Manchester Mystics Academy
17/01/24Charnwood College Riders79-57Manchester Mystics Academy
24/01/24Nottingham Academy Wildcats54-74Manchester Mystics Academy
31/01/24The Sheffield College54-97Manchester Mystics Academy Video
7/02/24Manchester Mystics Academy 49-72Nottingham Academy Wildcats
14/02/24The Sheffield College 52-79Manchester Mystics Academy
13/03/24*Manchester Mystics Academy53-57Oaklands Wolves
Home games are played at the National Basketball Performance Centre at 6:15pm

*This game will be played at the Manchester College, Openshaw Campus, M11 2WH at 3:30pm