Letterkenny Blaze Basketball Club was established in 1999 with just 20 members. Our mission was to promote the game of basketball and develop and underage coaching structure which would ultimately bring us to national league status. While we haven’t yet realised our goal at club level, this year has seen the introduction of a NW representative team playing National League LYIT Donegal. In 2013, our club entered the U18 Men’s National Cup for the first time. They made it to Quarter Final stage and the following year 2014 they played in the Final against Templeogue BC. Some of our members are currently playing Superleague , Varsity and Division One basketball at a high level. At International level the club has been represented by players such as Mark Cannon, Aodhan Hickey, Clodagh Brennan, Cian and Tadhg Hickey, Sean McGettigan, Aisling Nee, Padraig McGettigan and Michael Leadley. Currently, Luke Cassidy and Max Leadley are training under the Irish U15 Development Panel 2016/17
Our club currently has 350+ active members aged 6 to 19 years. We compete in the Basketball Northern Ireland Junior Basketball League and the North West Junior Basketball League and Cup competitions and have won many titles throughout the various age groups. We provide recreational basketball to those players not playing competitively and endeavour to have them play in blitzes
Our club is a club run exclusively by the parents of the players. We encourage all parents to help out and offer their assistance. We rely heavily on our Junior Coaches and like to think we instil good values in them. We emphasis the importance of giving back and they are always only too happy to oblige.
We are very fortunate to have the Loreto Secondary School Gym as our home venue. Without their generosity we would not have a club and we are eternally grateful to Ms Nora Friel School Principal and the Board of Management of the school for the use of the facility.
The following is a news article written by former Blaze player Julia Fahy. The sentiments Julia expresses still hold true.