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 for 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 Basketball Ireland Women in Sport Lead, Louise O'Loughlin -

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

Clare - Shannon (Shannon Jets)

Date: Begins Thursday, 14th October

Time: 8pm-9pm each Thursday - 10 weeks (14th October - 16 December)

Venue: Shannon Leisure Centre

Cost: €40 per player (to cover hall fees)

Registration: Contact Shannon Jets on Facebook / email

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 Mothers & Others Social Basketball Glanmire on Facebook 

Dublin - Dublin Raiders

Date: Runs Monday evenings

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

Venue: St Joseph's Cluny, Killiney

Registration: Email 

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

Meath - Ashbourne

Date: Starting Wednesday 13th October

Time: 7pm - 8pm each Wednesday: 6 weeks (13th October - 24th November)

Venue: Ashbourne Community School

Registration: Click here to register

Meath - Bettystown

Date: Starting Wednesday 13th October

Time: 7pm - 8pm each Wednesday: 6 weeks (13th October - 24th November)

Venue: Colaiste na hInse

Registration: Contact East Coast Basketball Club at 0863490178 /

Galway - Claregalway BC

Claregalway BC Logo

Date: Begins Monday, 8th November 

Terms:  8th Nov - 13th Dec 2021; 10th Jan - 14th Feb 2022; 28th Feb - 4th April 2022.

Time: 7:45pm-8:45pm each Monday 

Venue: Claregalway Community Centre

Cost: €20 per term or €60 for 3 blocks, contact directly for drop in options. 

Registration: Register HERE or email  for more information

Kildare - North Kildare Basketball Club

Date: Runs Saturday mornings from October - December 2021

Time: 11am-12noon each Saturday

Venue: Maynooth University Sports Centre

Cost: contact the club for cost

Registration: Contact or North Kildare Basketball Club on Facebook

Laois - Portlaoise Panthers Mothers & Others

Date: Runs Tuesday evenings

Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm each Tuesday - ongoing throughout the season

Venue: Holy Family School Portlaoise 

Cost: €130 per season - drop in options available, contact the club directly for more information. 

New players always welcome

Registration:  HERE or contact Portlaoise Panthers via Facebook 

Mayo - Westport Warriors

Date: Begins Friday 29th October 

Time: 7:15pm - 8:30pm each Friday- ongoing until end of March 2022

Venue: Sacred Heart School Gym, Westport 

Cost: Contact club to advise

Registration: Contact the club via Westport Warriors Facebook page

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 - 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