The new BBL franchise in Birmingham have confirmed they will play out of the Futsal International Arena in the city.

The venue, which also be the primary venue for the club’s community programmes, has reached an agreement with Oaks Consultancy to be the team’s main base when it begins operations in the 2012-13 season.

The arena is located around 3 miles from the centre and Mark Walker, Managing Partner of Oaks, is confident that it will be the right place to re-launch BBL basketball in the city in tandem with other local partners.

“We’re looking forward to working with key partners in the city to increase participation levels in this Olympic sport in advance of 2012 and we’re obviously also keen to develop community support for the club in advance of their first game in September 2012,” he said.

“One of our prime objectives over the coming months is to create a community programme we can be proud of, which is why our partnership with the Futsal International Arena Birmingham is so important to us. As a venue it’s ideal for us and will undoubtedly help fulfil our objective of increasing participation levels in the sport across the city.”

Frank Rodriguez, Managing Director of the Futsal International Arena Birmingham, added:  “We know that basketball has the potential to engage those who may typically not be fully involved in sport and hope that this initiative inspires many from across Birmingham to take on a sporting lifestyle, and possibly go on to represent the city by playing for the Birmingham BBL basketball team.”


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