Through our involvement with Bristol Flyers, it became apparent that Bristol is a hub of young people with a passion for basketball, however the opportunity to train and play were relatively sparse. Therefore in September 2018 , we initially established an open training session on a Saturday morning for players between the ages of 13 and 16, to see if there was any interest. The response was staggering and week on week the numbers grew as did the need and the enthusiasm to create some ownership for these young people in the form of a club. After much consideration and conversation, the Bristol Concordes was born and we created a team based on mutual respect, gamesmanship, friendship and a love of basketball.
Almost two years later and the team now train twice a week (Tuesdays – John Cabot Academy 7pm-9pm and Saturdays – Bristol Metropolitan Academy 9:30am-10:30am) with Coach Oscar who does a fantastic job of developing and inspiring the players. The sessions are fully inclusive of all abilities and we pride ourselves on being a very welcoming and supportive club which enables every young person to thrive and develop.
This year we have also started to host a Central Venue League on the final Sunday of every month and it has been fantastic to meet and play against other teams from across the south west. The CVL is a brilliant opportunity to experience competition and test out the drills and skills learnt in training and also to establish links with other like minded teams.
The Bristol Concordes is about more than just basketball, it about offering our young people not just a place to come along and play, but also a means of gaining work experience, qualifications through initiatives such as DofE which many of our players undertake and gaining life skills through coaching to enhance communication, leadership and organisational skills. We endeavour to help develop the Bristol Concordes players in to more than just great Basketball players.
For more information regarding the Bristol Concordes, please contact Jen on firstname.lastname@example.org .