When Nechells Community Sports Centre opened in Birmingham in 2001 it was soon decided that a basketball club to co-ordinate the work undertaken was needed. 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, as and when possible financially, 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
- Provide coaching and game opportunities at the lowest possible cost commensurate with the use of a high standard of 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.
As an example of our success this year (2015/16) we now have 8 teams ranging from Under 12s to Seniors covering boys and girls playing in England Basketball National Leagues and local competitions, 20 qualified coaches including 4 at Level 3 (the highest EB level) and over 180 members registered with Basketball England.