Feb 28 2023

Basketball Ireland and Foróige launch second Youth Leadership Programme

Basketball Ireland are delighted to launch a second Youth Leadership programme in partnership with Foróige.

After a successful first year of delivery, Basketball Ireland’s Youth Leadership course returns. It will cater for 16 participants between 16 and 18 years old, with an application process taking place to select suitable candidates.

This exciting program will be delivered by Foróige to develop the skills and qualities for good leadership, challenging participants to use these skills to improve society. The programme recognises the innate leadership capabilities and potential in young people and will offer them the opportunity to hone that potential in a fun and encouraging environment.

It has been evaluated by the University of Galway, providing evidence that candidates gain benefits personally and, in their ability, to contribute to their community.

The Youth Leadership course will be delivered over 30 hours while the programme will also include an introduction to coaching course, introduction to refereeing course and introduction to table officiating course outside of these hours.


Closing date for applications is the 4th of May.

The program aims:

  • To enable young people to develop the skills, inspiration, vision confidence and action plans to be effective leaders.
  • To empower young people to make a positive difference to their society through the practice of effective leadership.

The program will motivate and equip young people to:

  • Identify their personal strengths and the motivations that inspire them to become leaders.
  • Develop a clear vision of what they would like to achieve as a leader.
  • Develop a greater understanding of their style of leadership.
  • Explore the challenges and difficulties of leadership.
  • Set clear goals and develop action plans to achieve them.
  • Develop effective communication skills.
  • Apply appropriate conflict resolution methods.
  • Demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills as part of a group.
  • Explore local, national, and global issues.
  • Identify goals and vision for the future.
  • Plan, research and present a project to their peers on an issue of their choice.
  • Use a planning tool to organise a team project.
  • Feedback into Basketball Irelands strategic planning by conducting a research project.

Successful applicants must be available on the following dates:

  • 3rd /4th June – National Basketball Arena Dublin residential with accommodation and food supplied. 10:30am start on the 3rd and 6pm finish on the 4th. (Coaching course delivered during these days)
  • 14th June – held over ZOOM – 6pm-9pm
  • 24th/25th June – National Basketball Arena Dublin residential with accommodation and food supplied. 10:30am start on the 24th and 6pm finish on the 25th. (Referee course delivered during these days)
  • July 5th – National Basketball Arena - 11am – 5pm
  • 10th July – ZOOM - 7pm -9pm
  • 12th July – ZOOM - 7pm-9pm
  • 17th July – ZOOM - 7pm-9pm
  • 19th – National Basketball Arena - 11am – 5pm