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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?

  • 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 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 mhall@ireland.basketball. There will be no open talent ID sessions for the under 16 international squad.

Under 16 International Teams are selected during August / September the season before the European Championships for which the squad will be taking part directly from the Academy sessions. for example, the 2024 squad is selected in August / September of 2023. The squad will be selected from the under 15 Academy class except for 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 considered and judged by the EPC on a case-by-case basis.

Regional Academies

South: Cork.

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

East: Dublin, North Wicklow, North Kildare.

Southwest: Kerry, Limerick.

Northwest: Donegal, North Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim.

Midlands: Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Roscommon, Longford, North Tipperary, South Kildare.

West: Clare, Galway, South Mayo.

Southeast: Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, South Tipperary, South Wicklow, Wexford.

2022-2023 Academy Talent ID Registration

You can register for the U14 talent identification sessions here.

You can register for the U15 talent identification sessions here.

Players should attend both talent ID sessions for their province, where possible, to give coaches the best chance to access them.  Players should bring a ball and water to their session.

Boys U14/U15 Academy Coaches

Boys U14 Regional Academy coaches

 Region Head Coach Assistant Assistant Email
East Scottie Summersgill Paul Carr Bieastboysu14@gmail.com
North Gavin Garland Stephen McArdle northboysu14@gmail.com
North West Laura Deeney Johnny Fierstein Sean McGettrick northwestu14boys@gmail.com
West Kyle Walsh Ben Kelly biu14westboys@gmail.com
South West Ignas Sijanas Paul O'Connor Biu14southwestboys@gmail.com
South Keith Daly TBC bisouthboysu14@gmail.com
South East  Jorge Juan Ramos Brian O'Neill  TBC
Midlands Jack Dooley Ciaran Kiveney bimidlandsboysu14@gmail.com

Boys U15 Provincial Academy coaches

  Head Coach Assistant Email
Connacht Kyle Walsh Zach Light biconnachtboysu15@gmail.com
Ulster Alejandro Molinary Eduardo Macho biulsterboysu15@gmail.com
Munster Paul Kelleher Jordan Blount & Dave Barry bimunsterboysu15@gmail.com
Leinster Scott Summersgill Frederico Contreras uboysacademy@gmail.com

Girls U14/U15 Academy Coaches

Girls U14 Regional Academy head coaches

  Head Coach Assistant Email
East Suzanne Maguire Paul Carr eastgirlsU14@gmail.com
North Gavin Garland Stephen McArdle northgirlsu14@gmail.com
North West Laura Deeney Johnny Fierstein Sean McGettrick northwestgirlsu14@gmail.com
West Nollaig Cunningham TBC biwestgirlsu14@yahoo.com
South West Conor Brosnan Kelly Ahern Bisouthwestgirlsu14@gmail.com
South Dominic Foster Sara Perrsson Bisouthgirlsu14@gmail.com
South East Juan Jorge Ramos Johnny Gleeson TBC
Midlands Alyssa Velles Megan Dunne bimidlandsgirlsu14@gmail.com

Girls U15 Provincial Academy head coaches

  Head Coach Assistant Email
Connacht Paul O'Brien Naomi Ganpo biconnachtgirlsu15@gmail.com
Ulster Elaine Scally

Alejandro Molinary

biulstergirlsu15@gmail.com
Munster Paul Kelleher Niall O'Connell bimunstergirlsu15@gmail.com
Leinster Laura Mulally TBC ugirlsacademy@gmail.com

U14/U15 Calendar 2022/23

Under 14 Basketball Ireland Academies 2022/23

Date

Note

September 17th / 18th

Talent ID Session 1

October 1st / 2nd

Talent ID Sessions 2

November 5th / 6th

Academy U14 Session

December 3rd / 4th

Academy U14 Session

Christmas Holidays: Wednesday 21st – Thursday 5th

Academy Session U14

On one of the following dates

(January 2nd, 3rd, 4th)

February 4th / 5th

Academy U14 Session

March 4th / 5th

Academy U14 Session Boy's Only

March 11th / 12th

Academy U14 Session Girls Only

Easter Holidays: Friday 31st March - Monday 17th April

Academy U14 Session

On one of the following dates

(April 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 14th, 15th)

May 20th / 21st

Academy U14 Session

May 27th / 28th

U14 Academy Camp

June 10th / 11th

Academy U14 Session

U15 Basketball Ireland Academy Calendar

Date

Academy

October 1st / 2nd

Under 15 Academy Talent ID 1

October 22nd / 23rd

BIPPS Weekend

November 5th / 6th

Under 15 Academy Talent ID 2

December 3rd / 4th

U15 Academy Session

Christmas Holidays: Wednesday 21st - Thursday 5th

U15 Academy Session

On one of the following Dates

(2nd, 3rd, 4th Only)

February 4th / 5th

U15 Academy Session

March 4th / 5th

U15 Academy Session Boy's Only

March 11th / 12th

U15 Academy Session Girls Only

Easter Holidays: Friday 31st March – Monday 17th April

U15 Academy Camp

May 6th / 7th

U15 Academy Session

May 13th / 14th

U15 Provincial Tournament

May 20th / 21st

U15 Academy Session

U15 Academy Summer Programme

June – August

Academy Training Dates

Girls U14 Regional Academy

Boys U14 Regional Academy

Girls U15 Provincial Academy

 

Boys U15 Provincial Academy

U14 Talent ID Session Details

Players should attend both talent ID sessions for their province, where possible, to give coaches the best chance to access them.  Players should bring a ball and water to their session.

U14 Boy's Regions Venue Day / Date Time
West Ballinfoyle Community Neighbourhood Centre Sunday October 2nd  1000 - 1300
North West Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon, Donegal, F94NW62 Sunday October 2nd  1000 - 1300
South Neptune Stadium Sunday October 2nd  1600 - 1900
South West MTU, Tralee, Kerry Sunday October 2nd  1100 - 1400
North St. Malachy's College, Belfast Sunday October 2nd  1300 - 1600
East National Basketball Arena Sunday October 2nd  1100 - 1400
South East SETU Arena, West Campus, Carrigmore, Waterford, X91 XD96 Sunday October 2nd  1100 - 1400
Midlands Clonaslee Community Centre Saturday October 1st 1100 - 1400

U14 Girls Regions Venue Day / Date Time
West Coranndulla Community Centre Sunday October 2nd  1000 - 1300
North West Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon, Donegal, F94NW62 Sunday October 2nd 1330 - 1630
South Neptune Stadium Saturday October 1st 1000 - 1300
South West TUS Moylish, Limerick Saturday 1st October 1000 - 1300
North St. Malachy's College, Belfast Sunday 2nd October  1600 - 1900
East National Basketball Arena Saturday Ooctober 1st  1300 - 1600
South East SETU Arena, West Campus, Carrigmore, Waterford, X91 XD96 Saturday October 1st 1100 - 1400
Midlands SHS Tullamore Sunday 2nd October  1100 - 1400


Parents Information - U14 Academy Selections

Thank you to all players who attended the under 14 academy talent Identification sessions. As you can imagine with over 900 players trying out across the country in the 8 regions it will take a little time to gather all the information from coaches to announce selections. We are well under way with this process so I can confirm that announcements of all players that have been selected to the academy in each region will appear on the Basketball Ireland website next Wednesday 12th of October at 6pm. It will also appear on social media and on the academy page of the website. Selected numbers different from region to region based on the overall standard of players in that region.

It is important that you become familiar with the Academy page of the Basketball Ireland website as this is where all information will be put during the year for session times and venues as well as any information for parents. Please check on this page for information and answers before emailing as it helps keep email traffic to issues not covered only and allows us to answer queries quicker. You can currently find details of coaching staff and the years calendar for training weekends. The 3 hour sessions will be updated as venues and times are confirmed.

Once the list of selected players for each region is released there will also be details of what to do next if selected in order to take up the place in the academy. Please follow the instructions as soon as possible so we can confirm places and release any places that players do not want to take up.

Unfortunately we do need to charge in order to run the academy program but we try and keep this to an absolute minimum. The cost of the under 14 academy will remain at the same level as last year costing €220 for the 30 hours of sessions which can be paid in two instalments during November and February. As per the last number of years we do still hope to run a 1 night 2 day residential camp but as Gormanston Park is currently hosting Ukrainian refuges we are looking for another suitable venue. The camp will be an extra cost but will be limited to the cost of accommodation and food to be confirmed once we have a venue. The camp is optional for every member of the academy.

This year for the first time we will be able to offer 26 Elite scholarships and 36 Scholarships for players from families that are economically disadvantaged across the under 14 and under 15 age groups.

  • The Elite scholarships will be awarded towards the end of the programme and will be awarded based on coaches feedback. Players that are awarded these scholarships will receive the full cost of the academy fee refunded to them.
  • For the 36 scholarships for economically disadvantage families details of the application process will appear on the academy page of the website once the selected players lists have been released. These scholarships will be confirmed ahead of the start of the academy sessions in November so no payment is required for anyone that has applied for one of these scholarships until they are informed if they are successful or not. This is the first year we are able to offer such scholarships and we are limited to awarding 36 for this year, we hope to be able to increase this for future years.

 

 

Best of luck with selections and please remind all your children that players improve and mature at different levels. The senior international team is full of players that didn’t make underage teams and hard work will always pay off.

U15 Talent ID Session Details

Players should attend both talent ID sessions for their province, where possible, to give coaches the best chance to access them.  Players should bring a ball and water to their session.

The U15 Provincial Academies will operate from October to May for the initial phase for selected players. During this time, selected players will participate in provincial sessions for 30+ hours, attend inter-provincial day camps, and attend a camp at Easter.

The Under 15 Academies are aimed at boys and girls of the qualifying age throughout the island of Ireland. The provincial squads will be selected following open talent identification sessions and will be published on the Basketball Ireland website.

Link to register is available here.

U15 Boy's Provinces Venue Date  Time
Leinster National Basketball Arena, Tallaght Sunday October 2nd 1430 - 1730
Marian College Sunday November 6th  1500 - 1800
Munster Neptune Stadium Sunday October 2nd 1245 - 1545
Neptune Stadium Sunday November 6th 1245 - 1545
Ulster Our Lady's Castleblayney Saturday October 1st 1300 - 1600
UUJ Saturday November 5th 1430 - 1730
Connacht Ballinfoyle Community Neighbourhood Centre Sunday October 2nd  1300 - 1600
TBC TBC TBC

U15 Girls Provinces Venue Date  Time
Leinster Bower Secondary School, Athlone Sunday October 2nd 1100 - 1400
St. Kieran's College, Kilkenny Sunday November 6th 1100 - 1400
Munster Neptune Stadium Sunday October 2nd 0930 - 1230
Neptune Stadium Sunday November 6th 0930 - 1230
Ulster Our Lady's Castleblayney Saturday October 1st  1000 - 1300
UUJ Saurday November 5th 1100 - 1400
Connacht Colaiste Bhaile Chlair, Claregalway, H91XY8V Sunday 2nd October 1330 - 1630
Colaiste Bhaile Chlair, Claregalway, H91XY8V Sunday November 6th 1330 - 1630

FAQ'S

Will my son/daughter have time to participate in the Academy with his/her local league commitments?

All Academy sessions are scheduled to take place on the dates ring-fenced for national team and academy training on the Master Basketball Ireland calendar.

As a result of arrangements agreed at an executive committee level, these dates have been left free of local league fixtures to accommodate players who wish to attend academy sessions or play for the national team. This cooperation is an essential aspect of the partnership needed for success. It is a key example of how the basketball community has collaborated, to place the best interests of the player at the forefront of our decision making.

It is important that if your child is selected to the academy that you inform your club coach, so they can check the Basketball Ireland calendar available on the website and avoid any clashes.

Will my son/daughter have training on every day highlighted in the calendar?

Yes, each Academy will have the same schedule as laid out on the Master Basketball Ireland Calendar. Every Academy will deliver the same number of hours. That schedule will be provided by the Head Coach of the Region / Province. Each Academy has an individual email address where the Head Coach can be reached. Those details can be found on the Basketball Ireland website.

Are the Basketball Ireland Academies recruiting coaching staff?

Yes, coaching staff have been actively recruiting coaching staff over the summer by the two Academy Head Coaches. To date, nearly all positions have been filled and the quality and experience of the coaches appointed is very high.

An equally important function of the Academy model is to prepare prospective international coaches for future programmes. The opportunity to work alongside highly skilled and knowledgeable Academy Head Coaches is an opportunity available to all that are open to advancement through the coaching ranks. For the 2022/23 season, each Academy will have a Head Coach and at least one assistant. There will also be some volunteer coaching positions for coaches who may not be able to commit for the full programme.

Academy sessions are open to coaches who wish to observe the sessions, but this must be agreed in advance through the Head Coaches. Only Basketball Ireland licenced coaches will be admitted to the sessions. If you are interested in getting involved as a coach, email Academy lead coach, Martin McGettrick at martinmcgettrick@live.ie to discuss.



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