London Lions coach & British basketball stalwart Andrea Boreland passes away -

London Lions coach & British basketball stalwart Andrea Boreland passes away

Andrea Boreland

London Lions assistant coach and pillar of the British basketball community, Andrea Boreland, passed away suddenly on Thursday, her family have announced.

Boreland had dedicated her life to the game, developing and mentoring countless young players predominantly through Hackney Community College over the past decade, and was an inspiration as the only female coach in the BBL.

Crediting her coaching career to the legendary Jimmy Rogers of the Brixton Topcats programme, Andrea won three BBL titles in her time with the Lions, having joined them in 2018, was the 2017 ABL Coach of the Year, and also won silverware in her time with NASSA in the NBL.

It was not just coaching however; a qualified referee and table official, she contributed to the game in countless ways, and could be seen volunteering or working at almost every basketball event that would happen in the capital.

Her hard work led her to being recognised with the 2019 Statistician of the Year in Basketball England’s annual volunteer awards.

From a Hoopsfix standpoint, she would help out with the table every year, willingly volunteering to recruit the statisticians and table officials and work the event, whilst in 2021, was solely responsible for getting us a venue at Battersea Sports Centre, at a time when venues were near impossible to book due to the ongoing pandemic.

Andrea Boreland

The following statement was released on her social media from her family in the early hours of Friday morning, with the caption “💔🙏🏾 R.I.P Coach Andrea. ✨ Gone but never forgotten. Forever in our hearts and memories. We love you unconditionally and eternally. 🤍””

Hello everyone.

This is a message on behalf of Andrea’s family.

We are deeply saddened to inform you all that Coach Andrea has passed away.

It has come as a shock to us all. Please keep Andrea’s family in your prayers, as we ask everyone to allow them some time to try to process this devastating news.

Thank you ❤️

London Lions took to instagram to pay tribute, saying:

We are deeply saddened to inform you that our beloved Coach Andrea has passed away.

Andrea is an adored daughter, sister, teammate and friend, and has been at the heart and soul of basketball in London for over 30 years.

Her loss is devastating, and as her family, friends and teammates process this news, we ask that their privacy is respected.

Andrea has been with The London Lions every step of the way, and will forever be a Lion.


Tributes from across the basketball community have been flooding in for Andrea, here are a selection of them:

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