Sunday 22 April 2018

Two become one

Excited faces at the announcement of Swords Basketball Club merging with Special Olympics Ireland.
Excited faces at the announcement of Swords Basketball Club merging with Special Olympics Ireland.
Club members celebrating the news alongside Mayor of Fingal, Kieran Dennison.

Nicola Donnelly

A NEW venture between Swords Basketball Club and Special Olympics Ireland was officially launched recently where both clubs have now merged.


The club, which trains at ALSAA Sports Centre, now offers training in basketball to people with an intellectual disability throughout the Fingal area and North Dublin area.

'The launch was extremely successful and the teams put on demo games for those who came along to enjoy the launch,' said Paula Corr, Club Secretary.

The merging of the two clubs was about two years in the making and now the clubs are integrated, both playing and training together.

'This is a great opportunity for the future of our club and the future of basketball within the Fingal area,' said Paula.

The Swords Basketball Special Olympics committee aim to provide people with an intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in year-round sporting activities as well as providing training for area, regional, All-Island and world games level through the Special Olympics competition programme.

Two men's teams and a ladies team from Special Olympics Ireland now bring the numbers at the club up to well over 200.

In the past year, Swords Thunder, who won the National Cup in 2011, has also teamed up with Swords Basketball Club.

Training for Swords Basketball Club takes place on Saturdays at ALSAA Sports Ground at Dublin Airport. Under 15 and Under 13 girls train from 10 to 11.20 a.m.; Under 17/18 girls and Under 11 girls train from 11.20 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.; Under 16 girls and Under 12 boys train from 12.45 to 2.10 p.m.; Under 14 boys and Under 13 boys train from 2.10 to 3.30 p.m.; Under 15 boys and Under 17 boys train from 3.30 to 5 p.m. and the Academy for seven to 10 year old boys and girls takes place from 3.30 to 4.30 p.m.

Players wishing to sign up to the club can contact Paula on (087) 8166231 or email for further information.

Fingal Independent