Franck Batimba  | Founder / Director

Franck, is a mentor, motivational speaker and, an award-winning and highly experienced basketball coach, who founded 'Positive Role Models' in 2013 so that he could empower young people to be successful in education and in life.


An avid Liverpool FC supporter, former semi-professional basketball player, current 'Head of basketball' at Haringey Sixth Form College and 'Head Coach' at Haringey Hawks Basketball club, Franck understands the important relationship between playing sport and having success in education and in life.


As 'Head Coach' of Haringey Hawks, Franck has amassed numerous coaching victories over the years, which include the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, U18 National Cup wins as well as taking home gold, at the 2019 London Youth Games.

Franck's hard work and commitment to supporting young people via Positive Role Models, has not gone unnoticed and in 2019 he was awarded 'Volunteer of the Year' at the prestigious 'London Sport Awards', 'Coach of the Year' at the 2019 Haringey Sport Awards.


In 2020, Franck was nominated for ITVs 'National Diversity Award' in the 'Positive Role Model' category and won 'Volunteer of the Year', at the Bridge Renewal Trust's 'Community Impact Awards'.

Franck is a mentor on 'London Youth's 'Rise-Up' course, mentoring professionals who will be future leaders in youthwork and is a member of the IAG (Independent Advisory Group) for the Metropolitan Police.

Annick Batimba  |  Director


Annick has over 25 years of coaching and youth work experience. A qualified basketball coach, referee and table official, Annick has played competitive basketball at national league level and was twice selected for the England Basketball All-Star team to represent the South.


Currently a youth work manager for a London local authority, Annick is passionate about using sport as a tool to create, educate and support. Having qualified as a trainer in Education through Sport with the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA), Annick recognises the impact that basketball can have on individuals. She often attributes her success in life to the sport.


In her role at Positive Role Models, Annick is responsible for increasing young people’s access to opportunities and their social mobility. As an experienced group leader in international youth exchanges, Annick is responsible for developing Positive Role Model’s work with youth sports organisations in Europe.