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About the Academies

The Basketball Ireland Regional and Provincial Academy structure is the foundation of a development pathway for  players and coaches with an ambition and potential to perform at the highest levels of our sport.

It opens a development and performance pathway for more players across the country in a time when there are more National League opportunities presenting themselves country wide as well as being the pathway to the international teams.

 “More players, better players, playing for longer”.

What are the objectives of the Basketball Ireland Academies?

To identify and recruit players and coaches that demonstrate the most talent and potential for future success in their basketball careers.

Early Intervention to better prepare players for participation and success in the U16 International programmes. The Basketball Ireland Provincial Academies are the primary route for all players that wish to be considered for the U16 National Teams along with providing the skills required to play basketball at the highest level.

The role of the academies is to widen the net for potential high-level players with the attributes to play at the highest level and to expose more players to high level coaching and playing. To give opportunities to players who are still developing or who are new to the sport but show many of the attributes required to develop into a high level basketball player.

Investment in the long-term development of all players that show potential and commitment, propelling them towards success in local, regional, national and international competition.

What age groups are affected?

  • The U14 Regional Academies
  • To be eligible for the U14 Regional Academies, players must not turn 14 before December 31st in the year they apply.

  • To be eligible for the U15 Regional Academies, players must not turn 15 before December 31st in the year they apply.

There are more talented athletes playing basketball than ever before and it is envisaged that this system – over the next three to five years - will produce a much larger group of international-standard players and increase competition and standard dramatically. Ireland has already shown that we can compete at all levels, but strength in depth has been an issue. Introducing international-standard concepts and skills to a wider group, at an earlier age, over a longer period will yield a stronger pool of players over time.

Basketball Ireland Academy Player Pathway

The under 14 Academy is open to any player of any nationality.

Skill development is the key objective for this age group and getting players ready for the advanced learning required for International Basketball.

The under 15 Academy is the route players that live and play in Ireland must take to be selected for the under 16 Irish International team. Players without an Irish passport can join the Academy with the approval of the EPC but requires parents to start the process of naturalisation in order to make them eligible to play for Ireland under fiba rules. For any questions on eligibility please contact the International Liaison officer Matthew Hall by email There will be no open talent ID sessions for the under 16 international squad.

Under 16 International Teams are selected during April and May the season before the European Championships for which the squad will be taking part directly from the Academy sessions. for example, the 2021 squad is selected in April and may of 2020. The squad will be selected from the under 15 Academy class with the exception of players living and playing outside of Ireland who may be brought into the squad on trial and players that are from the under 14 age group. Exceptional circumstances will always be taken into account and judged by the EPC on a case by case basis.

Regional Academies

South: Cork, South Tipperary, Waterford

North: Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Meath, Louth, Cavan, Monaghan

East: Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare, Wexford

South West: Kerry, Limerick

North West: Donegal, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim

Midlands: Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Roscommon, Longford, Kilkenny, Carlow, North Tipperary

West: Clare & Galway

2021-2022 Academies

Boys U14/U15 Academy Coaches

Boys U14 Regional Academy coaches

  Head Coach Assistant Email Head Coach Photo
East Joey Boylan Federico Arroyo
North Gavin Garland Tiago Pereira
North West Laura Deeney TBC
West Kyle Walsh Laura Lopez
South West Ignas Sijanas Kelly Ahern
South Pa Curran Craig Drummond
Midlands Brendan Butler Kyle Burke

Boys U15 Provincial Academy coaches

  Head Coach Assistant Email Head Coach Photo
Connacht Fabian Gagliano  Shane O'Meara
Ulster Alejandro Molinary Eduardo Macho
Munster Paul Kelleher Keith Daly
Leinster Scott Summersgill Jack Dooley

Girls U14/U15 Academy Coaches

Girls U14 Regional Academy head coaches

  Head Coach Assistant Email
East Joey Boylan Ellie Thornton
North Gavin Garland Tiago Pereira
North West Laura Deeney TBC
West Nollaig Cunningham Niamh Brady
South West Conor Brosnan Paris McCarthy
South Francis O'Sullivan Sarah Persson
Midlands Alyssa Velles Megan Dunne

Girls U15 Provincial Academy head coaches

  Head Coach Assistant Email
Connacht Paul O'Brien Courtney Cecere
Ulster Alejandro Molinary Elaine Scally
Munster Paul Kelleher Trisha Bamber
Leinster Scott Summersgill Jack Dooley

Academy Training Dates - Sun 2nd Jan - Tues 4th Jan

All Academy training sessions scheduled for January 2nd - 4th have been postponed