City of Birmingham Basketball Rockets (COBR) is a thriving basketball club in the heart of Birmingham, based at the Nechells Wellbeing Centre.
Go on a Saturday morning and you’ll see a hive of activity with youngsters from across Birmingham playing competitive basketball, under the expert eye of coach Rob Palmer and an army of volunteers, often parents who have gotten involved from the sidelines after coming to watch their children. One of their supporters is NBA Legend Hakeem ‘The Dream’ Olajuwon! The club is proud of their track record in getting some of their players into university, often in the US on a sports scholarship. They also do outreach work in clubs across the city as well as summer camps.
COBR is now looking to the future and aims to have more paid staff to help deliver impact for a number of partners, such as those working in health and education, as well as to give people of all ages and abilities the chance to play basketball. Sporting Assets is working with them to research and plan that future as part of a lottery funded Big Potential project.