BREAKING: Limerick Institute of Technology unveiled as new Basketball Ireland Centre of Excellence

Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) has today been confirmed as a Basketball Ireland Centre of Excellence.

The governing body for basketball in Ireland has announced LIT as the sixth Centre of Excellence.

Speaking out on the announcement, President of LIT, Professor Vincent Cunnane said that they’re delighted to further develop the relationship with Basketball Ireland, with hopes of developing the sport further in the region.

“The centre of excellence at LIT will provide a one-stop shop for all the needs of Basketball Ireland teams and visiting teams. Here at LIT, we have a renowned strength and conditioning programme as well as recognised expertise in sports data and analytics.

“These areas of expertise will be available to Basketball Ireland and the Centre of Excellence, along with our courts, meeting facilities, media facilities and changing rooms.

Niall Berry, LIT’s Basketball Ireland Officer said that the Basketball Centres, like the one in LIT, give young basketball players a vision of a collegiate structure that will in turn encourage them to work hard to be involved.

Jimmy Browne, LIT Vice President Corporate Services & Capital Development said,

“LIT is delighted to announce this important further development of our relationship with Basketball Ireland. LIT and Basketball Ireland have an ongoing relationship which culminated with the appointment of basketball development officer Niall Berry in 2020. The inclusive nature of basketball as a sport is perfectly aligned with LIT’s ethos, community reach and sporting philosophy. Today’s announcement will provide a platform to further enhance this ethos and the growth of basketball in the Mid-West region.” 

Trinity College Dublin was also added to the list today – bringing the total to six centres in Ireland.

  • Ulster University
  • NUI Galway
  • Waterford IT
  • Letterkenny IT
  • Limerick IT
  • Trinity College Dublin

The Centres will be used for international and Basketball Ireland training camps. There’s also the ability to host international fixtures, national senior competitions, intervarsity competitions and local schools’ tournaments.

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