Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic to host Halloween basketball camps for aspiring sport stars throughout the island of Ireland
The Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic will return to Belfast for its second year, welcoming basketball teams from leading American universities who will go head-to-head from 29th November – 1st December 2018. In advance of the tournament the Sport Changes Life Foundation has once again announced a series of exciting basketball camps for young people across the island of Ireland starting on 29th October.
Designed to encourage young people to join the sport locally and develop skills of players at all levels, these unique camps, led by Sport Changes Life’s Victory Scholars, will offer hands-on coaching sessions in local communities spanning across Belfast, Dublin, Letterkenny, Carlow and Kerry. The basketball camps will be as follows:
- Belfast, La Salle College, on 1st and 2nd November from 10am – 1pm. The camp will be offered to basketball players aged 7 to 16 years old and will be free of charge when a ticket for Thursday’s Belfast Classic is presented, otherwise the camp will cost £10 per person.
- Dublin, Loreto College Foxrock, Dublin 18, from 30th October – 1st November from 10am – 4pm. The camp will be offered to basketball players aged 11 to 17 year olds and will cost €20 per child, per day with free entry for DCU Mercy Club Members.
- Letterkenny, Loreto Convent, Letterkenny on 29th October from 10am – 12pm. The camp will be offered to basketball players aged 7 – 18 years old and will cost €10 per person.
- Carlow, Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach, running from 30th October – 1st November from 9.30am – 4.00pm. The camp will be offered to basketball players aged 8 – 18 years old and will cost €50 per person.
- Kerry, ‘Be a Star’ camp, developed and hosted by Kieran Donaghy, John Mitchells GAA Complex, N22, Camp, running from 30th October – 2nd November from 9am – 3.30pm. The camp will be offered to basketball players aged 5 – 15 years old.
Discussing the impact of this unique opportunity for young people Gareth Maguire, CEO, the Sport Changes Life Foundation, said, “We are delighted to bring our Halloween camps back to multiple locations across the north and south of Ireland for the second year. The camps were extremely popular last year, attended by hundreds of keen basketball players and we believe they will be even more so this year as the Belfast Classic tournament has grown in popularity over the last 12 months. The opportunity to train with Sport Changes Life’s Victory Scholars will not only help young players to improve their skills but will also open their minds to the vast opportunities available for young people through sport, which is our main aim at the Sport Changes Life Foundation.”
Speaking on behalf of the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, Executive Director Marc Mulholland added, “Our upcoming basketball camps are tailored to inspire young people to achieve their sporting dreams. The opportunity to be coached by Sport Changes Life’s Victory Scholars will be an incredible experience for young athletes in building their confidence and teamwork skills and one we hope they will hold with them as their sporting careers develop.”
The Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic Halloween basketball camps have been organised to increase awareness and interest in the sport of basketball across the Island of Ireland in the run up to the second Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, held from 29th November – 1st December 2018.
The Northern Ireland-based Sport Changes Life Foundation has teamed up with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) to host eight American teams from the NCAA Division I college basketball league, including: University at Albany; University at Buffalo; Dartmouth College; LIU Brooklyn; Marist College; University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee; University of San Francisco; and Stephen F. Austin University. The three-day tournament will attract thousands of basketball enthusiasts, sports lovers and families from across Ireland, Britain and further afield as they gather in Belfast’s SSE Arena to learn more about basketball and support their favourite American university teams.
The Belfast Classic will partner again this year with Tourism Northern Ireland and Tourism Ireland to facilitate the three-day sporting extravaganza in the heart of Northern Ireland. Aer Lingus, the official tournament travel partner, will implement the substantial task of transporting the American university teams and their supporters to Belfast ahead of the Classic.
For the full line-up of Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic Halloween Camps to be held across the Island of Ireland and for more information on registration, visit www.sportchangeslife.com.