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Basketball Ireland

Basketball Ireland Logo
Ireland (white) against Luxembourg (blue) in 2009

Basketball Ireland (BI) is the National Governing Body for the sport on the island of Ireland. Part of FIBA Europe, the European Governing body, and of FIBA, the World Governing body, B.I. is responsible for the promotion and administration of basketball throughout Ireland and for Irish international participation.

B.I. operates as a conduit with Government Departments, particularly the Department of Transport, Arts, Tourism & Sport who have significantly funded B.I. in the past.

B.I. is also the main conduit for the Irish Sports Council who provide significant funding,FIBA Europe and FIBA World on a wide range of issues, other National Basketball Federations, the Federation of Irish Sports,Local Sports Partnerships as well as a host of service providers including solicitors; statutory bodies; Revenue Commissioners; Banks; sponsors; goods suppliers;

B.I. positions itself as a service centre for all levels of the game, facilitating all aspects of promoting and running the sport.

At national level B.I. acts under the direction of the Board of Basketball Ireland whose remit includes financial governance and business strategy formation.

BI also supports the National Council, the body on which every facet of the sport is represented, which acts as the sport policy formation and activation centre of the sport.

B.I. seeks to promote the game, in all its forms, to supporters and prospective supporters by emphasising the great attributes of basketball.

Premier League

Men's Teams 2011–12

Team Stadium City/Area
North Conference
Dream Team DLS Andersonstown Andersonstown, Belfast
DCU Saints DCU Sports Complex Glasnevin, Dublin
Killster IWA Clontarf, Dublin
UCD Marian UCD Sports Centre Belfield, Dublin
South Conference
Moycullen NUIG Kingfisher Galway City
Neptune Neptune Stadium Cork City
UCC Demons Parochial Hall Cork City
Lakers UL Arena Castletroy, Limerick

Women's Teams 2009–10

Financial Crisis

In early 2010 it was announced that Basketball Ireland's finances were in turmoil. The governing body is apparently €1.4 million in debt causing the scrapping of the senior national teams due to lack of funds. The problems have been attributed to mis-management, accountancy errors and the recession.[1][2] This has caused huge disappointment within the game in Ireland, in particular as the senior national teams were not particularly well funded. The senior women's team's annual budget is reported to be a mere €48,000.[2] Underage national teams have not been affected as they have always been self-funded.

See also

References

  1. ^ Sunday Tribune article
  2. ^ a b RTÉ news article, Feb 24th
Www.playersfirstSM.com

External links

  • Official Basketball Ireland Website
  • Irish Basketball and Streetball Fan Site
  • Tolka Rovers Homepage
  • Meteors
  • Tralee Imperials home page
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