Colmers School and Sixth Form College has seen its Sports Hall refurbished over the summer, providing a space for competitive and community-based sport to take place
Posted: Mon, 11 Oct 2021 10:19
The refurbishment comes as part of a developing partnership between Colmers School and Bromsgrove Bears basketball club, both of whom pride themselves on engaging with and providing opportunities for local young people. The facility upgrade was funded by the Longbridge Infrastructure Trust, with Sport Birmingham working closely with the school and club to support the funding bid process.
The partnership np also piloted the schools-focused Youth Development & Activity Fund (YDAF), soon to be rolled out citywide. YDAF funds locally based projects working with young people to deliver sport or physical activity alongside support, training, or mentoring, and is designed around the needs of local young people.
The sports hall was officially re-opened on 7th September by Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, and culminated in an inspiring match between the Bromsgrove Bears mixed team and Colmers' own basketball team.
While the match showcased the sports hall's state of the art refurbishments - including multi-use flooring, height adjustable basketball goals and new lighting - it also provided an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and talent of the young people on each side of the court.
Given the restraints of the COVID-19 pandemic on indoor sports, the match had been a rare opportunity for both teams to play in front of audience. Both sides agreed that this was a match to remember:
"This is the first time these boys have played in front of a crowd before," said Dan Moss, coach of the Colmers team. "This is probably the biggest moment in sport that these players have ever had."
The passion with which the players, coaches and supporters engage is tangible: within the sports hall there is a sense of camaraderie, instilled by the cheers echoing from each side of the court. Coach Dan from Colmers School remarks that the past 12 months has been a "test of resilience" for his team and for many of the young people on the court, with the disruption of the pandemic impacting young people's school and personal lives.
The coaches agree that beyond being a space for their young people to engage in physical activity, the school and clubs' basketball sessions have been a tool for their players to learn more about themselves and enabling them to develop skills both on and off the court.
Chris Gibbs, managing director of Bromsgrove Bears, praises the partnership between the club and school and recognises the opportunity that Bromsgrove Bears has to continue strengthening ties with the local community and engaging with young people. With support from Sport England's Tackling Inequalities Fund and Sport Birmingham's Youth Development & Activity Fund, Bromsgrove Bears have been able to engage with disadvantaged young people in the local community who have been at risk of disengagement, providing them with a space to keep active and stay connected with their peers and school environment.
Mike Wilcox, Head of PE at Colmers school, has been equally invested in strengthening the partnership between club and school and enjoyed investing time into coaching the players. He welcomes the sports hall being a basketball 'hub' from grassroots to national league level and, as Emma Leaman, Headteacher of Colmers School agrees, is a real asset to the community. Future work is in place to develop a new gym facility at the school which will further enhance the physical activity offer at Colmers.
The partnership reflects the success with which sports clubs and schools across Birmingham can work together to engage young people in physical activity. The Sport Birmingham team are excited to see the development of this already strong partnership,
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