City of Birmingham Rockets are delighted to announce a partnership with Shireland Collegiate Academy as a Rockets Basketball Hub to offer exciting opportunities to students and the wider Smethwick community.
Due to their commitment to developing basketball in the area as one of our primary schools’ partners, the Academy will benefit from a substantial Rockets presence and increased access to our expertise as we expand our offering to their students and the wider community.
With access to specialist expertise, Rockets and Shireland are excited to continue to grow the game of basketball in the area as one of our new ‘Rockets Basketball Hubs’ which will provide a base for further activity in the area.
Speaking at the launch of the partnership, Andrea Bell, Senior Vice Principal at Shireland Collegiate Academy, spoke of the exciting new opportunities and the impact the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust are looking forward to seeing as a result of the partnership.
She said, “We are absolutely delighted to have this partnership with Rob and the team at Rockets.
“150 students access basketball on a weekly basis and the standard has increased immensely.
“I am delighted to welcome the Rockets here today and I am excited for the future!”
Rockets CEO, Robert Palmer, is also looking forward to the possibilities and believes Shireland are an ideal partner as the club looks to diversify its offering around the city and surrounding areas.
“We are really pleased to be partnering with such a proactive school that recognises the value and importance of basketball and sport.
“It is a really great one for us as it allows us to expand our reach outside of the city centre.
“The partnership makes sure that the students at this school and in the wider community can access the coaching services and expertise that Rockets can offer.”
Shireland Collegiate Academy is part of Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust, a multi-academy trust with a strong presence across the Black Country area of the West Midlands.
The Trust is committed to providing a “whole education” that allows students to thrive both personally and academically to ensure that they are well-placed for a happy and successful future. The Trust fosters a learning environment with a strong focus on safety, happiness and an overall culture of respect for others.