About City of Birmingham Basketball Club

Following the huge success and popularity of basketball in Birmingham in the 1980s and 90’s, City of Birmingham (CoB) Basketball Club was established in 2003 by sports development specialist Rob Palmer, and former West Midlands Detective Constable, and Queens Police Medal recipient, Kirk Dawes.

CoB has 14 teams, mostly consisting of teams in the National league who have reached premier level. The majority of our players have acquired their fundamental skills from our weekend development sessions which are always increasing. These teams practice together twice weekly and on the weekend play matches against other national teams.

During the Christmas break we take some of our teams overseas to compete in European tournaments. In the past 5 years we have taken some of our players to Belgium, Sweden and Ireland, which gives some of our players and international experience.  Many of our players go on to play basketball professionally and continue by playing basketball overseas and some even gain college scholarships in the US.

Whilst these operations alone make CoB one of the UK’s largest basketball organisations, we also deliver school based and community sessions supported by sport England. As well as this we also have involvement in tournaments, cup competitions, Junior NBA, Sainsbury’s School Games, and tournaments in locations throughout Europe.



In 2003 supported by the Birmingham Active Sports Scheme, City of Birmingham Basketball Club was formed.

From the outset it was decided that the club needed to:

  • Provide Basketball England (BE) qualified coaches
  • Provide opportunities for boys and girls up to the age of 18 and if possible to provide opportunities beyond the age of 18
  • Enter teams from U13 to U18 in the National England Basketball Leagues
  • Develop relationships with schools in the area and offer Basketball awareness to local Primary Schools
  • Hold open trials each year so that anyone interested in Basketball could have an opportunity to further their talents
  • Develop players from a young age (primary school age) and continue that development as they progress through the age groups in the club
  • Providing a high standard of coaching and facilities
  • Keep costs affordable. None of our coaches or volunteers are paid for our National League delivery – all give their time out of a commitment to develop basketball in the area.
  • Provide a welcoming, friendly and sociable club in which all members are treated with respect, as individuals and enabled to develop their Basketball to the highest level possible.

Over the last few years COB have had many teams at different age groups make the National Play-Offs and also the Final Four Weekends. We have also had several players selected for England Age Group Squads and Teams.

We now have 14 teams ranging from Under 12s to Seniors covering boys and girls playing in England Basketball National Leagues and local competitions, 20 qualified coaches and over 180 members registered with Basketball England.