Future is bright for the game


Published 22/03/2014 | 00:00

Josh Fogarty, Rathcoole, and Olan Corkery, Banteer, getting ready to try out the new Basketball Court after the official opening last Saturday evening. Photo by Sheila Fitzgerald.

Over 100 children took part in a Basketball Tournament at the official opening of the new Court in Banteer Community Centre last week.

Deputy Aine Collins was on hand to cut the tape and Banteer PP Fr. Winters blessed the new endeavour.

Head coach Leo O'Neill described the development as a 'community initiative' and explained how a group of parents and friends had got together to develop the centre as a court, and purchase the required equipment such as basketball rings as well as insurance cover.

Leo has a strong background in the sport - he was a member of the Cork County Board Basketball team in the 90s. Together with fellow coaches Ben McAuliffe, Joe Higgings, and Tom O'Connor, he intends to help the children develop their skills and technique enabling them to participate in future matches and tournaments.

He is also facilitating coaching sessions in schools such as St. Colman's in Kanturk where fifth Class boys were victorious in a game against Glanmire last month.

"I see huge potential in these kids", Leo said, "We only started here in Banteer in January and already they have progressed amazingly well".

Every child who took part in the tournament at the official opening was presented with a gold medal so all went home happy. "It's really important that they don't feel left out" Leo added.

The next item on the agenda for organisers is to source jerseys for the children. A fun day is scheduled in Gneeveguilla shortly with further matches set to take place in Killarney during the summer months. In the meantime, children from Banteer and surrounding areas will no doubt enjoy honing their skills in their brand new Basketball Court.


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