City of Birmingham Rockets joins the Dolomiti Energia Basketball Academy!


The Dolomiti Energia Basketball Academy crosses Italian borders for the first time in its History: the new partner of the Academy project is, in fact, the UK-based City of Birmingham Rockets, who recently visited Trento with their CEO Robert Palmer and Technical Director Paul Douglas.

The Academy continues its growth by initiating a collaboration with an organization operating in the United Kingdom, a territory that is increasingly becoming more passionate about basketball, day by day.

Marco Crespi (Academy Director), Robert Palmer (Birmingham Rockets CEO), Andrea Nardelli (Aquila Basket CEO) e Paul Douglas (Birmingham Rockets TD).

Robert Palmer, CEO of Birmingham Rockets: “We are very excited to be entering this agreement with Aquila Academy. This partnership creates significant possibilities within our performance programme pathway for our players and unique learning opportunities for our coaches. 

During our talks it has been clear that our two organisations share personal values and integrity, which we believe will form the basis of a long and successful partnership.

I would like to thank our mutual friend, Donte Mathis, for this introduction, while Marco Crespi (Academy Director) and Andrea Nardelli (General Manager) provided us with wonderful hospitality during our recent visit to Trento.”

Marco Crespi, Director of Dolomiti Energia Basketball Academy: “Development is the goal of our Academy. Developing through the sharing of ideas and the opportunity to connect with people who can be inspiring and motivating. We are delighted to have met Robert Palmer and his Birmingham Rockets. We are doubly pleased that they are the first club outside Italy to join the Academy and that Aquila can have a partner in the UK, a Country where basketball is set to grow in the coming years.”