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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.

Boys U14/U15 Academy Coaches

Boys U14 Regional Academy coaches

 Region Head Coach Assistant Assistant Email
East Scottie Summersgill Paul Carr

BIeastboys8@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 

Biu14southeastboys@gmail.com

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 Biu14southeastgirls@gmail.com
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

U14/15 Academy Training Dates | December

Girls U14 Regional Academy

U14 Girls Regions Venue Day / Date Time
West Corrandulla Community Centre Sunday December 4th  1000 - 1300
North West Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal Sunday December 4th  1330 - 1630
South Neptune Stadium Saturday December 3rd  1000 - 1300
South West TUS Moylsih, Limerick Saturday December 3rd  1000 - 1300 
North St. Malachy's College, Belfast Sunday 4th December 1500 - 1800
East Balbriggan Sports Centre Sunday December 4th  1400 - 1700
South East Old Leighlin Community Hall, Carlow Saturday December 3rd  1500 - 1800
Midlands SHS Tullamore Sunday December 4th  1000 - 1300

Boys U14 Regional Academy

U14 Boy's Regions Venue Day / Date Time
West Ballinfoyle Neighbourhood Community Centre Sunday December 4th 1000 - 1300
North West Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal Sunday December 4th 1000 - 1300
South Neptune Stadium Sunday December 4th 1600 - 1900
South West Duagh Sports Complex Saturday December 3rd  0900 - 1200
North St. Malachy's College, Belfast Sunday December 4th 0900 - 1200
East Balbriggan Sports Centre Sunday December 4th 1000 - 1300
South East Old Leighlin Community Hall, Carlow Saturday December 3rd 1100 - 1400
Midlands Mountmellick Community School Saturday Devember 3rd  1000 - 1300

Girls U15 Provincial Academy

Girls U15 Provinces Venue Date  Time
Leinster St. Kierans College, Kilkenny Saturday December 3rd  1430 - 1730
Munster St. Munchin's College, Limerick Saturday December 3rd 0930 - 1230
Ulster St. Macartans College, Monaghan Saturday December 3rd  1100 - 1400
Connacht Colaiste Bhaile Chlair, Claregalway Sunday December 4th 1330 - 1630

Boys U15 Provincial Academy

Boy's U15 Provinces Venue Date  Time
Leinster NABA, Ballyboggan Industrial Estate, Unit 3a, Dublin 11 Saturday December 3rd 1000 - 1300
Munster St. Munchin's College Limerick Saturday December 3rd 1300 - 1400
Ulster St. Macartans College, Monaghan Saturday December 3rd 1430 - 1730
Connacht Ballinfoyle Neighbourhood Community Centre Sunday December 4th 1300 - 1600

Parents Information - U14 Academy Selections

You can find all the information for registering and accepting your child's place in the academy programme, including the list of selections on the following pages. 


U14 Boys Academy Parents Information

U14 Girls Academy Parents Information

U14 Academy Payment Information

Parents Information - U15 Academy Selections

You can find all the information for registering and accepting your child's place in the academy programme, including the list of selections on the following pages. 


U15 Boys Academy Parents Information

U15 Girls Academy Parents Information

Basketball Ireland Academy Scholarship Programme - U14 Academy

Deadline for applications 21st of October 2022.

For the first time, Basketball Ireland are able to offer scholarships for the academy.

There are 26 Elite scholarships that will be awarded at the end of the year based on coaches feedback on players from the under 14 and under 15 age groups.

We also have 22 full scholarships for economically disadvantaged families to be shared across the under 14 age group with a further 14 being available to the under 15 age group. These may be split into some half scholarships depending on circumstances and the number of worthy applications we receive.

The idea behind these scholarships is to ensure that no talented basketball players miss out on joining the academy due to the financial requirements involved. Our aim is to help financially those most in need of assistance, so we hope parents will apply in confidence if help is required.

The deadline for applications is 21st of October and we will reply to all applications to confirm if you are successful or not no later that Wednesday 26th of October.

We will be sending out payment details to all those that have registered on the academy as soon as possible after this date.

Applications are by way of form only.

 Scholarship Application Form

Basketball Ireland Academy Scholarship Programme - U15 Academy

Deadline for applications - 25th of November 2022.

As you may be aware for the first time this year Basketball Ireland are able to offer scholarships for the academy.

There are 26 Elite scholarships that will be awarded at the end of the year based on coaches feedback on players from the under 14 and under 15 age groups.

We also have 22 full scholarships for economically disadvantaged families to be shared across the under 14 age group with a further 14 being available to the under 15 age group. These may be split into some half scholarships depending on circumstances and the number of worthy applications we receive. The idea behind these scholarships is to ensure that no talented basketball players miss out on joining the academy due to the financial requirements involved. Our aim is to help financially those most in need of assistance so we hope parents will apply in confidence if help is required.

The deadline for applications is 25th  of November and we will reply to all applications to confirm if you are successful or not no later that Wednesday 30th of Novemeber. We will be sending out payment details to all those that have registered on the academy as soon as possible after this date.

If you have any questions on the scholarship process, please feel free to contact Matt Hall on mhall@ireland.basketball, but applications are by way of form only.

 Scholarship Application Form

U17 Ireland Women's National Team Academy Programme Selections

PLAYER

CLUB

POSITION

1. 

Kelly

Bracken

Liffey Celtic BC

Point Guard

2. 

Keeva

Byrne

Templeogue BC

Shooting Guard

3.

Meaghan

Carr

Oblates BC

Shooting Guard

4. 

Claudia

Comellas

Carlow Basketball

Point Guard

5. 

Ava

Crean

Limerick Celtics

Shooting Guard

6. 

Rachel

Creedon

TK Bobcats

Point Guard

7. 

Claire

Cuddihy

Limerick Celtics

Point Guard

8. 

Naosishe

Dillon

Bearna BC

Guard

9. 

Ellie

Doyle

Malahide

Point Guard

10.

Aoibhin

Dunphy

Kilkenny Stars

Forward

11. 

Elahna

Faapito

Dundalk Ravens

Shooting Guard

12.

Abby

Fitzpatrick

Malahide BC

Shooting Guard

13. 

Megan

Gallagher

Dundalk Ravens

Forward

14. 

Niamh

Galvin

Tullamore BC

Forward

15. 

Katie

Glynn

Killester BC

Point Guard

16.

Rachel

Griffin

TK Bobcats

Centre

17.

Leah

Horan

Belfast Star

Forward

18. 

Lilli

Hughes

Carrigaline BC

Shooting Guard

19.

Daisy

Ighedosa

Ongar chasers

Forward

20. 

Sophie

Kavanagh

Killester BC

Centre

21.

Leah

Kelly

DCU Mercy

Point Guard

22. 

Melissa

Lynch Larkin

Meteors

Forward

23. 

Anna

Markey

Dundalk Ravens

Shooting Guard

24. 

Catherine

McCreanor

Belfast Star

Point Guard

25. 

Caitlin

McDermott

Killester BC

Forward

26.

Leah

McMahon

St Pauls Killarney

Guard

27. 

Kiya

Mothiram

Forward

28. 

Sarah

Mullins

Templeogue BC

Shooting Guard

29. 

Esther

Niebemuo

Dublin Lions

Forward

30. 

Kate

O Neill

Oblates BC

Shooting Guard

31.

Lucy

O Shea

Cobh BC

Shooting Guard

32. 

Emily

O'Connor

Malahide CS

Shooting Guard

33.  

Ella

O'Sullivan

Glanmire BC

Shooting Guard

34. 

Mya

Pardy

Liffey Celtics

Forward

35.  

Laoise

Quinn

Maree

Forward

36.  

Aoife

Robertson

Meteors

Point Guard

37.

Faye

Sutcliffe

Oblate BC

Centre

38. 

Kate

Symes

Malahide BC

Shooting Guard

39.

Sarahrose

Walsh

Cobh BC

Forward

40. 

Alli

Walsh

Limerick Celtics

Shooting Guard

41. 

Jasmin

Walsh

Tolka Rovers

Shooting Guard

42.

Jodi 

Geaney

Meteors BC

Shooting Guard

U17 Ireland Men's National Team Academy Programme Selections

Name Surname Province Club
Matthew  Barry Munster Limerick Celtics
Conor Sherry Leinster Drogheda Wolves
Sean Donnelly Leinster Drogheda Wolves
Dara  Keaveney Leinster Streete Warriors BC
Liam Egan Leinster Presentation Bray
Prosper  Chukwu  Leinster Longford Phoenix 
Gustas Vitas Leinster Ongar Chasers
Roland Sanni Leinster Old Leighlin BC
Joel Muteba Leinster St.Vincents BC
Garreth  Brady Leinster Templeogue BC
David Olokun Leinster Dublin Lions
Mascuud Haji Leinster Dundalk Ravens 
Kene Chukwu Leinster Ongar Chasers 
Stephen  Emukperuo  Munster Mallow BC
Fiontan Rogers Ulster Phoenix Belfast
Mikolaj Urbanski Munster Labanga
Faroug Nour Ulster Belfast Phoenix BC
Oran O'Boyle Leinster Carlow Basketball
Patrick  O’Callaghan Leinster Portlaoise Panthers 
Colm Hackett Leinster Drogheda Wolves
Jacob Byrne Ulster Rathmore Grammar
Cillian  O'Cconnell Leinster Portlaoise Panthers
Viktor  Tashev Connacht Titans BC
Seán Morrissey  Munster Limerick Lions 
Omar  Akhonzada Ulster Belfast Phoenix BC
Noah  Vaicekonis  Munster Carrigaline BC
Rory Linnane Munster Clare Cascaders BC
Dennis  Dickson Mathews  Munster Limerick Celtics
David  Dowling  Leinster Drogheda Wolves
Cormac  Howson Leinster Portlaoise Panthers
Sean Mackey N/A Sussex Storm
Ebenezer Ehigie Leinster Drogheda Wolves


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