‘Coventry Flames Basketball’, a Senior Men’s Basketball programme based within the city, will be competing in the National Basketball League for the 2018-19 season. The recently formed club have already started to recruit from pools of local and regional talent, as well as University athletes.
Whilst Coventry boasts a variety of Junior basketball programmes for the ever-growing number of under-18 development players, the opportunity for ‘Coventry Flames’ to step into a void for Senior Men’s Basketball seemed too good to resist. The outlet will allow talented local players to represent their city at a National League level, as well as develop a shared interest with a hugely popular and successful University programme in ‘Coventry University Basketball’.
Coventry residents will benefit from a playing experience, and the growth of a supporting community to grow, with league games being open to the public. Links with local clubs and sports have already begun, with a number of high profile clubs in discussions to cross-promote and develop working-relationships.
The existence of the ‘Flames’ coincides well with the excitement surrounding Coventry as the ‘City of Culture’ for 2021, and the #thisiscoventry campaign, as well as the fantastic news that Coventry will be ACES European city of Sport in 2019. Both titles allow for a more prominent community sports campaign within the city, for athletes and spectators alike.
Natalie Goulder, Student Activities Manager of Coventry University Students’ Union, said: “We are proud and excited to announce that Coventry Flames Basketball will be playing in Basketball England’s National League this coming season. Coventry Flames is a CUSU-led initiative to establish a National League basketball team for the city of Coventry, allowing us to build a shared community around that team across the City and University.”
The Flames will be playing their home games in the heart of the city, at Coventry Sports & Leisure Centre (Fairfax Street) on Sunday afternoons, and welcome spectators of all ages to the games FREE OF CHARGE!
For more information on the exciting initiative, the players, the fixture list and how YOU can get involved, get in touch: