Glasgow Rocks will move from their Kelvin Hall Arena to the new Commonwealth Arena as part of a new partnership with Glasgow University.
The Rocks will join up with the university’s basketball club to help cultivate young basketball stars through both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Senior Rocks players will provide support for the university basketball club’s training sessions, offering student athletes position specific training, on the court.
Basketball university coaches will also lend game support and their statistical analysis expertise to the Rocks, whilst gaining valuable experience of coaching in the BBL.
Julie Ommer, Director, University of Glasgow Sport and Recreation Service said: “With the recent success of the Basketball blub entering the Scottish National League, as well as gaining promotion to the top flight British University League, the partnership with Glasgow Rocks marks another milestone in the sports’ development here at the university.
“The University has a worldwide reputation for academic excellence and we are looking forward to working with the Rocks in attracting the best young stars to Glasgow.
As the Glasgow Rocks move into their new home in the Commonwealth Arena, this marks an exciting period for basketball in Glasgow where we hope more success will come for the university and our professional counterparts.”
, General Manager of Glasgow Rocks said: “The Glasgow Rocks are delighted to be partnered with Glasgow university who have such a rich history in academic excellence and at the same time have a very passionate outlook on the future.
“This ground-breaking relationship should see more home-grown basketball players progressing into the professional ranks within Scotland and at the same time it should also give us the opportunity of introducing talented basketball players from all over the world to the city of Glasgow. It comes as a result of a lot of hard work off the court and comes to the fore at a very opportune time.
“With the excitement of our move into the Commonwealth Arena, our continually growing community programmes through affiliated charity Scottish Sports Futures and now our confirmed partnership with Glasgow University, 2012/13 is looking to be a very significant season for the growth of the Glasgow Rocks Franchise.”