Satellite Club Basketball Festival
Posted: Mon, 06 Jun 2016 11:30
6 satellite clubs from across the city attended a festival at Nechells Wellbeing Centre, hosted by City of Birmingham Basketball Club.
The aim of the festival was to give an element of competition to the regular participants, something which a lot of the young people had been asking for throughout the year, while also to recognise the successes of the basketball satellite club programme across the city, which has already seen 7 or 8 players join the club as an exit route from the satellite club sessions.
There was a lot of close games and good basketball played across the afternoon with all participants, many of whom had not played basketball prior to attending the satellite clubs, enjoying the experience. After a group stage, the final was contested between Aston University Engineering Academy and Baverstock Academy, with AUEA winning 9-4 in a close-fought game. There were medals for the winners and finalists, along with spot prizes for individuals that showed enthusiasm and commitment throughout the festival.
City of Birmingham Basketball Club were able to show the satellite club participants their home venue and promote their club trials that are open to all abilities, taking place at Nechells Wellbeing Centre on 11th June. The aim is that more of the participants will make the transition to join the community club. Rob Palmer, Director of Basketball at CoB was very impressed with the standard of play and enthusiasm of all participants, while the participants spoke of how much they had enjoyed the experience and hoped that there would be further festivals held in future so they could continue their basketball development.
Sport Birmingham would like to thank City of Birmingham Basketball Club for the hard work that they have put in to the satellite club programme this year to make each individual satellite club a great success. The satellite clubs will continue throughout 2016/17 and continue to attract more young people to attend and make the transition into community sport.