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. This season, Letterkenny Blaze has agreed to have the National League team LYIT Donegal come in under the Blaze banner. This will allow suitable U18 boys train and play with a more senior team gaining valuable experience. LYIT Donegal remains responsible for itself ie. finances, fixtures and management committee with no fallback to the Underage structure. Some of our past members are currently playing Superleague, Varsity, and Division One basketball at a high level. Our club has also been represented at International level through the years, most recently Laura Kealy has been selected to the U17 Irish Dev Panel for 2018 and Shannon Cunningham to the U16 Dev Panel.
Our club currently has approx 300 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.
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 instill good values in them. We emphasise 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 grateful to Ms. Nora Friel School Principal and the Board of Management of the school for the use of the facility.