Cork GAA Basketball Programme 2013-07-26 11:05:00

Cork GAA and Basketball team up for the second year running

Following on from a successful pilot programme between Cork Basketball and Cork GAA last year, both organisations have once again teamed up to roll out the initiative to more clubs. The programme is supported by the Cork Sports Partnership, Basketball Ireland, Cork Men's and Ladies Basketball Boards and Coiste Oiliúna Chorcai.

Cork GAA Games Development body, Coiste Oiliúna Chorcai is delighted to get involved in this novel project. Both the GAA and basketball Ireland would share a similar ethos of participation in sport by providing fun and healthy activity to children all over the country. With the aim firmly on participation in sport, playing GAA and basketball dovetail nicely as their playing season differ so a child playing both sports is ensured of year round physical activity. In addition to this both sports are aiming to ensure that children develop key motor skills which impact on their overall physical development. Kevin O Callaghan, County Games Manager with Cork GAA noted, "We will encourage our players to play basketball in the GAA off season as it helps their physical fitness and motor skills. The list of high profile GAA players currently playing inter county football indicates that basketball compliments players GAA skills."

This is the second year of the programme and this year sees three GAA clubs involved. Ballinhassaig GAA completed the programme with Ballincollig Basketball Club being the link club back in January. Bantry Blues GAA Club and St. Colm's GAA have also completed the programme this year with Bantry Basketball club providing the coaching expertise. The programme itself ran for six weeks with the aim of this new initiative to introduce the children to a new sport that has a major cross over of skills. The majority of fundamental motor skills used in Basketball are all transferable to Gaelic Football.

Speaking about the programme Cork's Basketball Development Officer Ian McLoughlin stated that ‘this is an exciting time for Basketball and GAA in Cork. The crossover of motor skills between the two sports is phenomenal and it is great to see both sporting codes coming together. I would finally like to commend both sporting bodies for fully endorsing this initiative and committing to the growth of the programme.'

By providing a variety of different sports and FUNdamental movement skills to the children involved in the programme, we will see improved physical literacy and more opportunities for them to participate in a range of different sports and physical activities.

If you would like your clubs to be involved in a GAA Basketball Programme in the Winter of 2013 Contact Ian on 021-4665084 or email

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