City North Sports Academies

Commencing the 2015/16 academic year we will commence the delivery of The Bournville Institute of Sport operating in 10 exciting sports. We will commence this September with Team Birmingham Elite Basketball Academy offering the best in coaching, player analysis as well as playing facilities. Bournville Institute of Sport will be operated in partnership with nationally recognised institutions such as Basketball England, the British Basketball League, as well as some the top coaches in the country who take rising sport stars to the next level.

BIOS academies have something to offer for all levels and abilities. There are two types of sports academies that we have developed for our players; 1) Performance Team Birmingham Elite Basketball Academy or 2) Particiaption - Team Birmingham Development Basketball Academy

Performance Academies

Combine your academic or vocational studies with taking your sports skills to the next level. Players are selected through trials for our ten performance academies;Basketball, Volleyball, Rugby,Netball, Hockey,Table Tennis, Fitness & Exercise, Handball, Kabbadi & Cheerleading which have all been chosen for their popularity and outstanding partnership support.

We’re able to provide the very best programme and coaches to ensure you have every opportunity to fulfill your potential. Competition is key to the success of the academies and we work closely with our partner organisations to deliver first-class fixtures. Overseas tours are also arranged when possible. We have professional partnerships with each sport's national governing body. This allows you to train in first-class sporting environments under the guidance of highly supportive, professional coaches enabling you to outperform your opposition at the national level.

Participation Academies

Participation academies provide athletes of all abilities the opportunity to access sports with a high standard of coaching. There are no trials for these academies. You can choose from:

Men's Basketball  
Women’s Basketball 
Rugby Union
Cheerleading/Movement & Dance
Fitness & Exercise

Birmingham A's Basketball Club bursary awards

An annual award of £500 is available to five students who are participating in their sport at regional, national or international level. The bursary is used for training and competition costs in the pursuit of sporting excellence. Anyone who lives in North Birmingham is eligible to apply for a sports bursary, regardless of what sport they are participating in.

Our partner organisations include:

  • Sport England
  • National Lottery
  • Birmingham City University
  • The National Governing Bodies
  • Local sixth Form Schools & Colleges 
Each of these organisations play a key role in the delivery of specialist professional coaching, helping make City North Sports Clubs the lead club in the region for developing sporting skill in students of all abilities.

Why join the City North Sports Academies?

Sports academies provide you with a dynamic and exciting opportunity to develop your sporting skills while you are a student at a college/sixth form.

All competitive fixtures for the college/sixth form  take place on a Wednesday afternoon. A credit system operates to reward those students who show appropriate commitment to their chosen sport(s) and represent the College/sixth form. Participation in the City North Sports Academy will often lead to county, regional and even national representation in chosen sports for the most talented.

Get involved!

With 10 performance sports academies as well as participation level multi-sports running throughout the academic year, you'll be sure to find something you can truly get stuck into. If you are currently participating in a sport that does not fit into our academy programme, we want to know about it! As part of our new academy structure, you may be able to get financial assistance with training and coaching, facilities and equipment. The sports academies are open to all students form any campus that show an interest in playing competitive sport and want to represent the College in their chosen field. Please note that there is a limit to the amount of students that can join each academy.

Coaching and training

Performance academies apprentices will receive up to four hours of specialist coaching per week. This is alongside your programme of study. Where appropriate, academy students will have the opportunity to compete in a range of local, regional and national competitions.Training times run from 3pm to 4.30pm/5pm and take place on Mondays and Fridays, dependent on the academy. Match days fall on Wednesday afternoon (times again vary for each sports academy). For more information on joining the City North Sports Clubs Sport, please call Nigel Hanson on 0121 678 8844.