Green Shoots is a National Programme run in conjunction with Basketball Ireland (BI) and BI Development Officers. The aim of the programme is to develop fundamental movement skills and implement a Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) plan for Basketball Ireland. The Green Shoots Programme will be a fun, enjoyable social activity for children and the skill level of each player will improve. It is the first phase of the national programme which will see 3 levels ie. Green, White and Gold/Orange rolled out aimed at Under 10’s, Under 12’s & Under 14’s.  This leads the children on to possible progression to the U15 Regional Academy from which the U16 squad for the Irish National Team will be chosen

The Green Shoots Programme is for players born in the years 2008 and 2009 (Under 10). There are 15 places for girls and 15 places for boys on this phase of the programme. The cost of the Green Shoots programme is €50 euro per player for the 6 weeks.  Included in this price is a full Kappa Kit (Playing Top and Shorts)

Green Shoots is a 6-week programme.
Dates: Tuesdays – MIXED – 17th Apr, 24th Apr, 1st May, 8th May, 15th May & 22nd May            TIME: 6.00PM – 7.30PM
Venue: All sessions will take place at the LORETO SECONDARY SCHOOL GYM.  The sessions will be facilitated by Coach Laura Deeney – BI Approved Coach

Places will be secured on a first come, first served basis.

In order to book a player on to the Green Shoots Programme fill out the registration form, which you can download here and return it to Aileen McGeever, 3 Ashleigh Close, College Farm Road, Letterkenny together with the fee of €50


PRESENTATION NIGHT – will be held at the Silver Tassie Hotel on Sunday night May 6th – Further details will follow

ALL IRELAND CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS – The dates for this years  AICC’s is                                U14’s  – 7th/8th April – Boys and girls are being hosted by Kerry County Board in Tralee                U16’s – 14th/15th April – Boys are in Kilkenny and girls are in NBA Tallaght

EXTERNAL BASKETBALL CAMPS – Bookings are now being taken for both Shooting Hoops Basketball Camp in Kilkenny and also Basketball Ireland National Camps.  See details under the CAMPS heading

CLUB AZZURRI ORDER – The order currently being processed should be delivered around 27th March


Orders for club leisurewear will be taken in the gym this Saturday from 10 am to 12 noon.  Order forms are available to download under the Club Leisurewear tab on the website.  Please forward or drop off to Aileen at the address shown together with the money owed.  There will be sizes available to try on in most of the items.


NWAB Academy & U15 Irish Regional Academy

North West Academies

There has been some confusion regarding the different types of junior academies this season hopefully the below will answer all queries. If you have any further questions please contact

There are academies at u14, u15 and u16 for boys and girls. The u14 and u16 academies are similar to last season and are organised and run by the North West area board.

The u15 academy is a Basketball Ireland Initiative which is throughout the country and the u15 NW Regional Academy includes the NWAB region and Mayo.

 U14 and U16 NWAB Academies


Designed for players from throughout the region to come and play and train together under top coaches to help improve the standard of basketball locally. Will compete in end of season tournament.


North West Area Board

Players Eligible:

Any player playing club basketball in the NWAB region.


(Already held open trial and first session in November)

  • 10th December
    • U14 Girls 12- 2pm (Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon)
    • U14 Boys 2-4pm (Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon)
    • U16 Girls 1pm-3pm (AVS, Donegal Town)
    • U16 Boys 3pm – 5pm (AVS, Donegal Town)
  • 13th January
  • 10th February
  • 4th March

Further dates and date of tournament to be held post club season.


Centrally located in Ballyshannon / Donegal Town


€30 for training sessions until March due on 10th December

U15 Irish Regional Academy


Designed for top players from throughout the region to come and play and train together under top coaches to help improve the standard of basketball locally and to develop a similar skillset for all players throughout the country. Also used to select the Irish u16 team for European championships in Summer 2019.


Basketball Ireland /CPSU

Players Eligible:

Any player playing club or school basketball in the NWAB region and in Mayo.


(Already held first open trial in November)

  • 10th December, Sligo IT 1.30pm – 4pm

Further dates to be forwarded once player selected for academy. 50 hours of coaching before start of summer 2017.


Centrally located in between Sligo – Donegal Town


€250 if selected for academy.




We are delighted to announce that we are running a shooting clinic this Tuesday 12th December at Letterkenny Blaze Basketball Club with NBA shooting coach Dave Hopla.

Dave has previously been shooting coach for the Washington Wizards, New York Knicks and recently the Detroit pistons.
This is a huge opportunity for coaches and players to get access to the best shooting coach in the world. He will be doing a shooting display, followed by a run through of his own daily shooting programme and finishing with a shooting clinic and display of drills he uses with the NBA players.

Dave is over as part of the basketball hall of fame Belfast classic presented by sport changes life.

It will run from 6.30pm-9.00pm next Tuesday 12th Dec at Loreto Gym. Doors open 6.00pm. Blaze Basketball is covering the cost of this session for it’s own coaches and members and there will be a charge of €5 for non Blaze coaches
This is open to our U14’s, U16’s, U18’s, Blaze coaches and any other club/school coaches who are interested in playing or coaching the skill of shooting and the game of basketball.

Date time : Tuesday 12th Dec 2017- 6:30pm – 9pm
Doors open 6.00pm
Location: Loreto Gym

Click here for 10 shooting tips from the legendary Dave Hopla


Charities: St Vincent de Paul and Downs Syndrome – 16th December.

Each age groups has their own ‘fun’ slot and a ‘family slot . Please bring sponsorship card or if you don’t have one, your usual €4 training money.

Parents are invited to a complimentary tea/coffee mince pie in the Constance Centre during the marathon.  We’d like to bring the sense of family club back into Blaze Basketball – We’re all too busy these days.  Click on the link below for allotted times.

Annual Christmas Basketball Marathon


Dunnes Stores has kindly agreed to a Bag Packing Day for Blaze Basketball on Friday 22nd December in the New Dunnes. Time slots to teams have been allocated as listed below. – we will need a minimum of eight for each time slot. Please contact your Parent Co-Ordinator before 4th December with your availability.
Children are NOT allowed to be present at the bag packing. The Under 19 boys and girls can participate as well as their parents.

Time slot – Groups
09.00am – 10:30am – U11 Boys & Girls
10:30am – 12.00pm – U12 Boys & Girls
12.00pm – 01:30pm – U16 Boys
01:30pm – 03.00pm – U19 Boys
03.00pm – 04:30pm – U19 Girls
04:30pm – 06.00pm- U14 Boys Group 1
06.00pm – 07:30pm – U14 Boys Group 2
07:30pm – 09.00pm – U14 Girls
09.00pm – 10:30pm – U16 Girl


Training Times:
Training sessions for the new season will be held in the Loreto Secondary School gym.

Saturday 9.00am – 9.45am U 8 mixed (2010 & 2011)
Saturday 9.45am – 10.45am U10 girls (2008 & 2009)
Saturday 10.45am – 11.45am U10 boys (2008 & 2009)
Saturday 11.45am – 1.00pm
Saturday 1.00pm – 2.15pm U12 boys (2006)
Saturday 2.15pm – 3.30pm  U11 boys (2007)
Saturday 3.30pm – 6.00pm U14 boys (2004 & 2005)
Saturday 6.00pm – 7.30pm U16 girls (2002 & 2003)

Monday 7.30pm – 8.45pm U19 girls Dev/Social (1999,2000,2001)
Monday 6.00pm – 7.30pm Social Men – (Vets)
Monday 8.45pm – 10.00pm U19 boys (1999,2000,2001)
Tuesday 7.30pm – 8.30pm Social Ladies
Tuesday 8.30pm – 10.00pm U16 boys (2002 & 2003)

Wednesday 6.00pm – 7.15pm U11 girls (2007)
Wednesday 7.15pm – 8.30pm U12 girls (2006)
Wednesday 8.30pm -10.00pm U19 boys (1999, 2000 &2001)

Thursday 6.00pm – 7.30pm U19 girls (Comp) 1999,2000,2001)
Thursday 7.30pm – 8.30pm U16 girls (Comp) 2002/03
Thursday 8.30pm – 10.00pm U16 boys 2002/03

Friday 6.00pm – 7.15pm U14/16 Girls (Dev) (2002,03,04,05)

Friday 7.15pm – 8.30pm U14 girls (Comp) 2004/05
Friday 8.30pm – 10.00pm Senior Ladies



Registration will take place next week during Summer Camp on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th ONLY for all existing members and for children born 2011 for U8 group.
It will take place between 10.00am – 1.00pm in Convent and in the LYIT between 4.30pm – 6.00pm on each of the days. Please take note of the times. It would be helpful if the parents of children NOT doing the afternoon camps could complete their registrations at Loreto in the mornings.