City of Birmingham (CoB) Basketball Club was originally established in 2003 by sports development specialist Rob Palmer and in 2009 was joined by former West Midlands Detective Constable, and Queens Police Medal recipient, Kirk Dawes.
From small beginnings the club soon grew to provide playing and coaching opportunities to the young people of Birmingham with the strap line of ‘more than a club’ adopted and adhered to by the many volunteers who have helped support thousands of young boys and girls through the club programme.
In 2016 the club were honoured to be joined by NBA Legend, Hakeem ‘The Dream’ Olajuwon, who upon arriving in the city recognised the impact the club was having on the local community.
The Rockets tag line was added to the club name as the organisation entered a new era. With a strong off court structure established and continued growth on court, a strong, reputable brand has been established. Rockets coaches and staff continue to ensure that every individual at the club is supported to realise their full potential on and off the basketball court.
In 2019/20 the club now has 15 teams, participating predominantly in National League competitions with Premier level teams at Under 14,16 and 18 age groups and a men’s National League team in Division 3. These teams practice together twice weekly and compete on weekends.
The majority of our players acquire their fundamental skills from our weekend development sessions which are extremely popular and delivered by our coaches who recognise the importance of identifying and developing raw talent.
We recognise the importance of exposing young people to new experiences. We have recently developed exciting over seas partnerships in Spain, Portugal, Sweden and France. Several club players have progressed to play basketball professionally and continue by playing basketball overseas and some even gain college scholarships in the US. More importantly we striver to develop good young people who are able to achieve in life and contribute positively to their communities.
Our community programme delivers an additional 35 hours each week in schools and localised satellite sessions around the city. This enable us to ‘grow the game’ in and around Birmingham.
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.
During 2018 we were fortunate to receive a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for our young people to research the club’s history. This enabled those who are involved in the club today to see the fantastic journey the club has made……