Feb 08 2023

Vacancy: Aspire Graduate Programme


Grants and Participation Manager, Paul Carr                                   


The role of the ASPIRE Graduate will be to support and coordinate programmes and projects in liaison with Basketball Irelands departments/units, stakeholders and volunteers. The successful individual will perform a wide range of administrative duties to support the organisation. This placement offers the successful graduate a significant opportunity to gain relevant experience and to potentially advance their career in the sports sector. Previous experience in a similar role is not required.


Candidates must:

  • Have graduated with a Master’s or Primary Degree in the area of Sport or Physical Activity in 2021 or 2022.
  • Be currently unemployed i.e. not in current employment.
  • Be available for the 11 month contract duration.
  • Be eligible to work in Ireland on a full-time basis.


  • Full clean driving licence and access to independent transport
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Excellent level of physical fitness, and an interest in sports.
  • Excellent leadership and motivational skills.
  • Confidence and ability to engage with and encourage young people to fulfil their potential.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise projects in a timely manner


The duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Help to oversee the development and implementation of a dedicated strategy for regional development officers.
  • Complete monthly progress reports for the Board of Basketball Ireland.
  • Assist in managing the delivery of BI programmes to 15,000-17,000 children each year.
  • Continue and progress existing Basketball Ireland development programmes including but not exclusive to: Green Shoots, Urban Hoops, Masters, SOCIA-Ball 3x3, Basketball for All and the ‘Her World, Her Rules’ programme.
  • Propose, implement and report on new initiatives that serve to help further grow the sport of basketball in Ireland.
  • Actively participate in school visits within the region to help promote and grow the sport of basketball.
  • Develop relationships with external organisations including Local Sports Partnerships, County Councils, Colleges, schools, other NGB’s.
  • Represent Basketball Ireland at events around Ireland
  • Take leadership in the organisation and running of all accredited Basketball Ireland Coaching Courses in conjunction with Coaching Ireland.
  • Work closely with other core departments within Basketball Ireland including Competitions, Commercial and Media, to help grow and promote the game of basketball in Ireland.
  • Facilitating, developing, and fostering student participation in Basketball.
  • Motivating and facilitating people within the community to take advantage of all opportunities to participate in basketball.
  • Assisting in all fundraising activities within the Sports Office.
  • Working in partnership with schools, community groups and centres to increase access for young people to Basketball.
  • Creating links between clubs, organisations and key agencies in local sport recreation.
  • Health and Safety Management as defined in the Institute parent safety statement and ancillary safety statement for the area.
  • Any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.




Based in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, Co. Dublin.


11 month full-time contract (Feb 2023 – Jan 2024)


  • Applications must be made to Basketball Ireland’s Grants & Participation Manager, Paul Carr, by email to
  • The application must include a cover letter and CV.


Latest date for receipt of completed application form is 1700 on Wednesday 22nd February.