NOV 00] SKYDOME COVENTRY NEWS
Signs New Deal To Host Basketball
is to be the home of English basketball for the next three years
in a deal that will also promote the sport to youngsters in the
the Senior Men's 61 - 53 win in Switzerland last night England
Basketball has today agreed with the Skydome Arena to stage all
international home fixtures for the next three years.
announcement comes ahead of England's opening home fixture
against the Slovak Republic at the Skydome on Saturday.
City Council has made a contribution towards the deal, to help
the Skydome gain a footing in the basketball world, and to help
the partners involved to gain future sponsorship.
Kirkland, Chief Executive of England Basketball said:
delighted to be bringing international basketball to Coventry
and to such a great venue.
council's support has been vital to funding the deal with the
Skydome and together we're confident that we can now secure
the commercial sponsorship we need."
Petrouis, managing director of arena owners Planet Ice, said:
the last few weeks, the arena has shown how truly
multi-purpose it really is.
have hosted a careers fair, ice hockey and sold over 3,000
tickets for a concert. We
are very much looking forward to the first England basketball
game on Saturday and this sponsorship is good news for sport,
the city, the arena and the local community in Coventry."
well as receiving hundreds of free tickets for the games through
local schools, children in the city will get the chance to
follow the international stars on court.
and Tuesday also sees the start of basketball development with
Coventry children. Eleven teams of 10 and 11-year-olds from
local primary schools take centre stage on the full size
basketball court to begin the arena's first
'Primary Schools Basketball Tournament'.
finals for the winning teams will take place throughout the
afternoon of 29 November from 2pm onwards prior to the European
Championship clash between England and Latvia at 7.30pm.
children have all had practice sessions with local coaches,
clubs and the city council's Sports Development Team during
extra curricula sessions throughout the year.
a special thank you to the children, they are all being given
tickets for themselves and two adults to come along to one of
the games and see the England team in action.
Basketball's Regional Development Manager for the West Midlands,
Matthew Baird said:
is a great opportunity for local children to really get
involved in a fast and exciting sport.
Working with our partner organisations in this venture,
I am delighted that so many Primary schools have entered teams
and I believe this will be a real boost for basketball
development in Coventry."
Dave Batten said:
am delighted that the City Council are able to support and
promote basketball in the city, particularly with the
excellent facilities we now have in the Skydome Arena.
aim is to work with our partners in this venture to ensure
that Coventry and England Basketball enjoy a successful
relationship for these internationals and for the local
development of basketball in the city."
ticket hotline for the England Internationals is 08700 119 119.
further information about the Primary School Basketball
Tournament please contact Jim Pollack, Coventry City Council's
Sports Development Team on Coventry 024 7683 2482.