City of Birmingham Rockets

The City of Birmingham Rockets are an English basketball club, based in the city of Birmingham, West Midlands.

History

The club was formed in 2003 at the City of Birmingham Basketball Club.

The founders of the club were looking to provide regular opportunities and a clear pathway for young people from Birmingham and the surrounding areas to play basketball. The club runs representative teams at various age levels from Under-11s through to Seniors, based in one of the most deprived wards in the country, with participants drawn from all parts of the city.

The Senior Men's team entered the English Basketball League in 2014. The volunteer-led organisation's name was then changed to the City of Birmingham Rockets in August 2017 to recognise a partnership set up with Houston Rockets NBA Legend Hakeem Olajuwon.[1][2]

Despite spending most of their existence with a focus on youth development and competing in the lower divisions of the English Basketball League, with new backing it has been mooted that the Rockets could join the British Basketball League in the near future, however these plans appear to be hold at least for the 2019-20 season.[3][4]

Notable Players

The club has produced many professional players, most notably Great Britain internationals Myles Hesson and Kofi Josephs.[5]

Home Venue

The Rockets are based at the Nechells Wellbeing Centre in Birmingham.

Season-by-season records

Season Division Tier Regular Season Post-Season National Cup
Finish Played Wins Losses Points Win %
City of Birmingham B.C.
2014–15 D4 Mid 5 3rd 16 9 7 18 0.563 1st Round Did Not Compete
2015–16 Dev SW 5 3rd 20 12 8 24 0.600 1st Round 1st Round
2016–17 D4 Mid 5 5th 18 10 8 20 0.556 Did Not Qualify 1st Round
City of Birmingham Rockets
2017–18 D4 Mid 5 4th 22 16 6 32 0.727 Did Not Qualify 1st Round
2018–19 D4 Mid 5 5th 16 8 8 16 0.500 Did Not Qualify 3rd Round
2019–20 D3 Mid 4

References

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