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Ian O’Boyle: In Defense of Basketball Ireland

“I’ve read this article and thread with some interest. Although not knowing the exact intricacies of the situation with leagues/activities operating outside of Basketball Ireland’s jurisdiction, I have to come to their defense a bit on this one,” writes Dr Ian O’Boyle.

Coach “K” Reaches 1,000 Wins

Last Sunday, at Madison Square Garden, Coach Mike Krzyzewski became the first Division 1 men’s basketball coach to reach 1,000 wins.

Top 25 Irish Women’s Basketball Players?

Back for more punishment, all so that we can all have even more fun and rows, writes Kieran Shannon.

TCC Diary: NBA All-Star Weekend 2013

With February fast approaching, love is in the air… for the NBA All-Star Weekend, 2015. This year’s event will be held in Brooklyn, NY. Take a look back at TCC’s All-Star diary from Houston, 2013, including an exclusive VIDEO of NBA shoutouts to Irish Fans:

Top 25 Greatest Irish Basketball Players?

The eve of another cup final weekend and with it a sense of history about it for those of us steeped in Irish hoops, writes Kieran Shannon. (Originally posted the Irish Examiner)

USA Men’s Soccer team and Spurs shoot from Half Court!

Members of Tottenham Hotspur and the USA Men’s National Soccer Team tried their hand at basketball when they took part in the NBA #HalfCourt Challenge at Tottenham’s Enfield Training Centre.

Basketball Direct Partner with TCC Summerleague!

The Courtside Collective are delighted to announce that we have partnered with Basketball Direct for the 2014 Wingfoot TCC Basketball Summer League. Basketball Direct will be supplying TCC with the brand new Spalding Euroleague TF1000 Legacy basketballs as the official game ball of summerleague. The new and exclusive Euroleague UNITE ball by Spalding features unique, never-before-seen panel composition. All those values have been combined using quality materials to create an iconic ball that seeks to become the new standard in European basketball.


The exclusive Euroleague TF1000 Legacy Basketball that will be used at the TCC summerleague as supplied by basketballdirect.co.uk

Basketball Direct are an Irish based online basketball store that supply everything a basketball player, coach or fan could need! From the latest shoes, clothing and equipment to all of the top basketball brands like adidas, Spalding, nike and McDavid. Only launched in January 2013 Basketball Direct are constantly expanding their stock range and if there is anything that you would like to see them stock then they would love you to get in touch by e-mailing team@basketballdirect.co.uk or contacting them through their Facebook page.

Sportadown – “Moving the Nation”

Young people will be at the focus of a major sport and community initiative to be held in Portadown on 22 June. Aptly named, Sportadown, the event brings together sport groups, youth clubs and a range of agencies that will deliver an inclusive experience which is both cross community in essence and multi-faceted in terms of opportunities provided.  Over fifteen different ‘come and try’ physical activity experiences can be explored by hundreds of young people in and around the Meadows Shopping Centre.  The event is also be complimented by a Viking boat race on the River Bann delivered by Craigavon Borough Council.


Photo Caption: ‘Sportadown’ supporters Riada Rockets encourage population to get active in their community.

The Sportadown festival is one of the principal elements of a youth engagement programme entitled CURBS, (Communities Unite in Reconciling and Building Society) supported by OFMDFM and Atlantic Philanthropies.

At the heart of the Sportadown initiative is the objective of increasing youth participation in sport, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, provision of opportunities to volunteer and to enhance young people’s ability to make a significant contribution to society.

Besides the flagship event on Saturday 22nd June, a further three initiatives will take place in the area. Sportadown kicks off on 18th June with a seminar entitled ‘Moving the Nation: increasing youth sport participation’ and brings together speakers from the sport and physical activity sector, including Sport NI, ukactive, Ulster GAA and Unify, who will discuss youth participation in sport.  A coaching masterclass will also be delivered and focuses on how to make physical activity sessions more engaging and enjoyable for young people.

Richie Smith, from Unify Solutions (Unify Global Sport) who is managing Sportadown said,

“More than ever physical activity must be embedded into the DNA of our population. The challenge for all is to find innovative ways to present sport and physical activity, embrace technology, offer more accessible options and engage more positively with communities rather than waiting for communities to go to leisure facilities. ‘Sportadown’ offers a fantastic programme and we invite NGB’s, local sport clubs, coaches, Local authorities and Health Improvement Officers to get involved so that together we can inspire a generation to become more active and enjoy the health and social benefits of sport.”

For more information and to register your place for events at ‘Sportadown’ please visit www.sportadown.com or follow the event on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/movingthenation


Sportadown_June 2013


Wingfoot Summer Hoops – Belfast

TCC is committed to raising the profile of basketball and improving the basketball culture in Ireland, both North and South of the border. We are always thinking of new and exciting ways to unite basketball players on the Island of Ireland, regardless of club affiliation.

This Summer, TCC will be hosting the second annual  Wingfoot Summer Rec League for Men and open court pick-up basketball for Women (July & August) in Queen’s PEC, Belfast, from 7pm – 9pm. We are excited to be working in partnership with Wingfoot,

Wingfoot Authentic

The format is:

  • Two Games (per night),
  • 2x 20 minute halves (each game),
  • Tuesday nights
  • 4v4 
  • Two separate competitions (Men’s League & Women’s Pick-Up)
  • Teams drafted by “Team Captains”
  • LIVE DRAFT social event (Tuesday 24th June @ Harlequins, 7.30pm – 9pm)
  • FREE TCC Top (Each team given the same colour of shirt – becomes your jersey/kit)

Women’s Competitive Pick-Up

This Summer, we will be running a competitive Women’s Pick-Up basketball session alongside the Men’s League. Sign up now for 8 weeks and receive a FREE TCC T-shirt… all for the low cost of £30. Tell your teammates. Remember, this is open to basketball players only and the session will be competitive. Teams will be evenly split each night!  

Pay as you play: £4 per night


CLOSING DATE: Wednesday 19th June


Event Launch – Mon 24th June (Harlequins)

The teams have been chosen by our six team captains:

  • Sean Wynne (Queen’s Basketball Club)
  • Feargal Toner (Belfast Star)
  • Michael Campbell (Belfast Stormers)
  • Paddy McGaharan (Ulster Elks)
  • Andrew Dolliver (Queen’s Basketball Club)
  • Mike Calo (Belfast Star)

The ‘draft’ took place this past weekend. Each team captain thoroughly enjoyed the experience and had a lot of fun acting as GMs. We are excited to get the league going!

TCC will host a Launch Event at Harlequins Rugby Club (Deramore Park, Malone Road) on Monday 24th June. Doors open at 7.30pm with the Draft beginning sharp at 8pm. ALL players will receive their exclusive TCC Wingfoot T-Shirt on the night!

On the evening, we will announce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks and then the final members of each team will be called out in a random order. We hope it will be a fun, friendly, inclusive, and sociable event to get the recreational Summer League kicked off.

Add yourself to our Facebook Event for updates…

Men’s League Draft Table