SOCIA-BALL - Basketball for fun! #JustPlay

This programme is designed to to re-engage women and girls in our sport using a recreational, non-competitive model with a focus on fun and social outlet.
This programme provides a non-competitive #JustPlay opportunity for females to engage with the sport and being physically active. The emphasis is on fun, socializing and moving in a safe environment.  

We recommend that clubs run this in 6-8 week blocks (1hour per week) and this could be run multiple times per year. The programme is aimed at women aged 18+ who do not want to play competitive basketball.

We also encourage clubs to provide a social basketball programme for teenage girls aged 13-17 who may not want to play competitively but would like to come along for an hour a week to take part.

If your club is interested in starting a SOCIA-Ball team, please contact or more information.  

SOCIA-Ball is all inclusive, it should welcome all those who do not currently play any form of competitive club basketball and would like to play. The player cannot be registered as a BI player with any BI club. However, past players are welcome so long as they are no longer actively playing club basketball. 

All SOCIA-Ball training sessions are fun orientated with the focus on learning the skills of our game, developing social skills and providing an opportunity for women and girls to be physically active. 

What do I need to take part - players:

Just bring yourself and some water. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in and above all else have fun and meet new people.

What do I need to take part - clubs:

If you are a club that would like to engage in the SOCIA-Ball programme, please email the SOCIA-Ball co-ordinator, Tríona Leahy 

SOCIA-Ball Registration 

Basketball Ireland have launched a SOCIA-Ball registration which allows players participating in this programme to register with Basketball Ireland and be covered under the player injury insurance cover. The cost of registration is €13 per player. This membership only covers SOCIA-Ball activity and does not cover any other playing activity. 

In order to register as a SOCIA-Ball member, your club or SOCIA-Ball group must register their activity with 


Resources - Posters

Download SOCIA-Ball Poster - Women (template)

Download SOCIA-Ball Poster - Teens (template)

Below is a list of clubs who are already providing SOCIA-Ball for women

Belfast - Belfast Bulls - MA Bulls SOCIA-Ball

Day: Wednesday

Time: 7PM – 8PM

Venue: Olympia Leisure Centre and Spa

Cost: £3 per session 

Contact to register: 


Carlow - Old Leighlin SOCIA-Ball

Day: Tuesday

Time: 7pm-8pm

Venue: Old Leighlin Hall 

Cost: €3 per session

Registration: Contact Bernadette Hayes 

Cavan - Cavan Lakers Basketball Club

Following a successful SOCIA-Ball hub in Cavan Lakers in Nov/Dec 2021, a new programme has started and is open to new participants. 

Date: Thursday 27th January - Thursday 10th March 2022 

Time: 7pm-8pm each Thursday 

Venue: Cavan Sports Complex

Cost: €5 per player per night

Registration: Contact Clare O'Reilly - 

Clare - Shannon (Shannon Jets)

Day: Thursdays

Time: 8pm-9pm 

Venue: Shannon Leisure Centre

Cost: Contact Club

Registration: Contact Shannon Jets on Facebook / email or  

Cork - Fermoy Basketball Club

Day: Tuesday's 

: Loreto Sports Hall, Fermoy 

Time: 8PM

Cost: €5 per week



Cork - Mothers & Others Social Basketball Glanmire

Date: Runs Tuesday evenings

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm each Tuesday - ongoing throughout the season

Venue: Upper Glanmire Sportshall, Cork

Cost: €5 per player per night

Registration: Contact Orla Butler 
Mothers & Others Social Basketball Glanmire on Facebook 

Donegal - Church Hill Ladies Basketball

Day: Monday 

Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm 

Venue: Glenswilly GAA Clubhouse

Cost: €5 per session

Contact to register: Helena 


Donegal - Donegal Town Basketball Club

Donegal Town SOCIA-Ball

Venue:  Glebe National School, Donegal Town. (Behind Supervalu)

Date commencing Thurs 5th October 2023

Time: 8.00 pm

Registration:  email DTBCPRO@GMAIL.COM or 

Donegal - Mulroy Hoops

Date: Begins Friday 14th January 2022

Time: 8pm - 9pm each Friday

Venue: Ray Community Centre

Cost: €5 per night

Registration: Contact 086 0623032 or email 

Donegal - Cloughaneely Rockets

Day: Wednesday

Time: 7pm-8pm

Venue: Magheroarty Resource Centre

Cost: €5  

Registration: Contact AnnMarie McFadden 086 333 2700  or Bridgeen Harkin 086 893 1121

Dublin - Dublin Raiders

Date: Runs Tuesday evenings

Time: 9pm-10pm each Tuesday - ongoing throughout the season 

Venue: St Joseph's Cluny, Secondary School Gym, Killiney

Registration: Email  

Cost: €5 pay as you go

Dublin - Killester SOCIA-Ball

Day: Friday 

Time: 8.30 - 9.30pm 

Venue: St. David's CBS, Artane

Cost: €30 for six weeks 

Registration: Contact Mimi Clarke 085 1655220

Dublin - Firhouse Basketball Club

Date: Runs Friday evenings

Time: 7pm-8pm each Friday - ongoing throughout the season

Venue: Firhouse Community Centre

Cost: €30 per player per month

Registration: Contact or Firhouse Ladies Basketball Facebook

Dublin - MBC Social Hoops (Malahide BC)

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 8.15-9 

Venue:  St Oliver Plunkett’s N.S., Malahide.

Cost: €5 per training session

Contact to register: Clare Carey - 

Dublin - Nets Ladies Basketball Club, Whitehall

Dates: This programme will run as below
Monday May 9th; Monday May 16th; Monday May 23rd & Monday May 30th
Depending on popularity, we may extend it for a second month

Time: 7pm – 8pm

Venue: St Aidan’s CBS, Collins Avenue, Whitehall, Dublin 9 D09 XT54

€5 per session
€20 for the 4 sessions
Payable in advance via Revolut or On the night

Registration: Contact Colin O’Brien, Nets Ladies Basketball, 0879090718

Dublin - St Kevins Knights SOCIA-Ball

 Day: Wednesday (starting 25th October 2023)

Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Venue: National Basketball Arena, Tallaght

Cost: Contact club

Registration: Contact Martina - 

Dublin - Templeogue BC SOCIA-Ball

Day: Friday

Time: 7-8pm

Venue: Tymon Bawn Community Centre

Cost: Pay weekly

Contact to register: Glenda Tunnah 

Dublin - Tolka Rovers SOCIA-Ball

Day: Saturday 

Time: 6pm - 7pm 

Venue: Mount Temple Comprehensive School, D03 DX79

Registration: Contact Helen 

Galway - Cispheil Carna, Connemara

Day: Tuesday

Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Venue: Carna

Contact to register: Valerie

Cost: €2 per night

Galway - Claregalway BC

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Day: Tuesday

Time: 7:45pm-9pm 

Venue: Claregalway Community Centre

Cost: €80 per term

Registration: Contact Petrina Fleming  &  for more information

Galway - Corrib SOCIA-Ball

Day: Tuesday

Time: 8pm

Venue: Killannin Community centre

Cost: €55 plus BI fee

Registration: Caroline Walsh 

Galway - Kinvara SOCIA-Ball

Day: Wednesday's 

Time: 8pm 

Venue: St Joseph school hall, Kinvara 

Cost: €5 per session 

Contact to register: Mary Claire Delaney  087 6328794 

Galway - New Inn SOCIA-Ball

Day: Thursday

Time: 7pm - 8pm 

Venue: New Inn Community Centre

Cost: €5 

Registration: Contact Denise McEvilly 085 2124270

Galway - North East Galway Basketball 

Day: Thursdays

Time: 8:30 pm

Venue: Mattie McDonagh Centre Ballygar Gym \ Holy Rosary College Gym 

Cost: €5.00 per session

Contact to register: James Lydon, Emma O Malley 

Galway - The 4Bs SOCIA-Ball

Day: Tuesday

Time: 8pm

Venue: Buaile Beag National School, Galway 

Cost: €5 per night 

Contact to register: Laura 

Galway - TUAM SOCIA-Ball

Day: Tuesday's 

Time: 5:45pm - 6:45pm 

Venue: High Cross Secondary school - south campus 

Cost: €5 per session

Registration: Contact Olivia Hughes 086 1984531

Kerry - Killarney Basketball

Day: Tuesday 

Time:  7pm

Venue: St Mary's Parish Hall Killarney

Cost: €5 per night

Contact to 


Kerry - Sliabh Luachra Lakers



Venue:Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore

Cost: €5 per session

Contact to register:Siobhan Collins/ Karina Kelliher 

Kildare - Kildare Gliders SOCIA-Ball

Date: Runs every Monday - currently running 2023/2024

Time: 9pm-10pm every Monday

Venue: Patrician Secondary School, Newbridge

Registration: Orla Fitzsimons

Cost: One free trial session - contact Orla for further details 

Kildare - North Kildare Eagles SOCIA-Ball

Date:  9th Jan - 26th March 2024 

Time: 6.15pm - 7.45pm 

Venue: Old Maynooth Post Primary Sports Hall, Moyglare Rd. Maynooth, W23 HC66

Cost: €25 per term (Note: free trial one session and then pay reduced fee if joining during term).

Registration: Email Karen at for more information.

Register at 

Social Media: Club facebook @ 

Kilkenny - Kilkenny SOCIA-Ball

Day: Monday 

Time: 8.30pm - 9.30pm 

Venue: St Kierans College Hall,Kilkenny City.

Cost: €5 per week

Registration: Contact Cara Tuohy

Social Media: @kilkennysociaball (instagram)

Laois - Clonsalee Basketball Club/Laois LSP

Date: Begins Wednesday 10th November - Wednesday 15th December

Time: 9pm - 10pm each Wednesday

Venue: Clonaslee Community Centre

Cost: €30 for 6 weeks, contact Eimear Bryant if interested in starting. 


Laois - Kestrels Basketball Club SOCIA-Ball

Day: Friday

Time: 6:30 pm- 7:30pm

Venue: Coláiste Íosagáin, Portarlington Co. Laois

Cost: €5 per session


Laois - Portlaoise Panthers Mothers & Others

Date: Runs Wednesday evenings

Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm 

Venue: Portlaoise College  

Cost: contact the club directly for more information. 

New players always welcome

Registration:  HERE or contact Portlaoise Panthers via Facebook 

Longford - Longford Phoenix BC & Longford LSP

Date: Begins Friday 19th November - Friday 10th December (4 week programme) 

Time: 9pm - 10pm each Friday 

Venue: The Mall Longford



Louth - Drogheda Wolves

 Day: Thursday's 

Time: 8-9pm

Venue: Sacred Heart School, Drogheda

Cost: €40 for 8 week session

Registration: Contact Michelle O'Brien 086 8857030

Mayo - Ballinrobe BC SOCIA-Ball

Day: Tuesday

Time: 8pm -9pm

Venue: Lakeside Sports and Fitness 

Cost: €80 for season - contact club for drop in rate

Contact to register: 

Mayo - Westport Warriors

Day: Wednesdays

Time: 6pm - 7:15pm 

Venue: Rice College, Westport 

Cost: €150 for season

Registration: Contact Emma Reynolds or Westport Warriors Facebook page

Meath - Athboy SOCIA-Ball

Date: Tuesdays from 19/9 for 6 weeks

Time: 7pm-8pm

Venue: Athboy Community Centre

Cost: 30euro/6weeks

Registration: Contact  reg:

Meath - Ashbourne

Date: Wednesdays from 20/9 for 6 weeks

Time: 7pm - 8pm

Venue: Ashbourne Community School

Cost: 30euro/6weeks

Registration & more information:  reg: 

Meath - East Coast Cavaliers, Bettystown

Day: Wednesday

Time: 7pm

Venue: Colaiste Na HInse, Bettystown Co Meath

Cost: €20 per 6wk Term

Contact to register:

Offaly - Geashill Community Hall.

Day:  Wednesday

Time:  8pm-9 pm

 Venue: Geashill Community Hall, Offaly

Cost: €25 for term excl. player insurance

 Registration: Contact Breege 089 4397220 

Roscommon - Boyle SOCIA-Ball

Day: Tuesday 

Time: 8:30pm - 10pm 

Venue: Abbey Community College Gym, Boyle

Cost: €5 per session 

Registration: Contact Boyle Basketball Club on Facebook

Sligo - Razorbacks Social Basketball

Date: Thursdays Oct 2023- March 2024 

Time: Session 1: 7:30pm - 8:15pm & Session 2: 8:15pm - 9pm

Venue: Castleconnor Community Centre, Castleconnor, Co. Sligo

Cost: 5 euro per session

Registration Contact: Bernie Finlay 

Sligo - Sligo All-Stars

Date: Begins Thursday, 14th October 

Time: 8:30pm - 9:30pm each Thursday - ongoing throughout the season

Venue: Mercy College Sligo

Cost: Contact club to advise

Registration:   or contact Sligo All Stars Facebook

Tipperary - Roscrea SOCIA-Ball

Days: Monday

Time: 7pm - 8pm 

Venue: Sacred Heart Primary School, Roscrea, Co Tipperary

Cost: €5 per night

Registration: Contact Pam on 089 4146110

Tipperary - Tipp Talons

Date: Runs Thursday evenings

Time: 6pm-7pm each Thursday - ongoing throughout the season

Venue: Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles

Cost: €4 per player per night

Registration: Contact Tipp Talons on Facebook 

Wexford - Sparks Basketball Club New Ross

Date: Begins Tuesday 16th November 2021

Time: 8pm - 9pm each Tuesday

Venue: St Mary's Sportshall New Ross

Cost: €3 per night

Registration: Contact the club via Sparks Basketball Club New Ross

Wicklow - Baltinglass Bulldogs

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 8pm - 9:30pm 

Venue: Scoil Chonglais, Baltinglass Co. Wicklow W91H5XC

Cost: €5 per night - collected online and spread over the season, we use clubforce.

Registration: Contact Stephen - 087 4848673 or email 

Wicklow - Wicklow Town SOCIA-Ball

Day: Monday

Time: 8.15pm - 9.15pm

Venue: East Glendalough Secondary School

Cost: €3 pay as you go

Contact to register: Orla Malone 

Wicklow - Wicklow Wolves SOCIA-Ball

Day: Tuesday 

Time: 8pm-9pm

Venue: Temple Carrig Secondary School, Greystones 

Cost: €5 per week plus insurance contribution per term. 

Registration: Contact Deirdre Hurley