Slam Dunk for Cork Schools as 175 Cork Primary School teams take part in Cispheil na mBunscoil 2019!
2,100 boys and girls from 105 Cork Primary Schools took to the Basketball Courts of Neptune Stadium, Parochial Hall, Scoil Bernadette and Fr Mathews Arena recently as part of Cispheil na mBunscoil. Now in its 8th year, the primary school event aims to provide children of all abilities with a fun introduction to Basketball.
This Basketball celebration is coordinated by Cork Sports Partnership’s Basketball Development Officer, Ciaran O’ Sullivan, with support from the Cork Basketball Board, Basketball Ireland, local clubs, schools and volunters.
Speaking at this year’s event Ciaran said “To have over 2,000 children from primary schools all over Cork playing Basketball is fantastic to see and we are delighted with the response”. He added “Over 500 games took place over the 4 days. This would not be possible without the great support we receive from the Basketball Community in Cork. We are particularly grateful for the support of Teresa Murray and the Cork Basketball Officials Association for giving up their free time to provide referees for the event and to the Transition Year students of Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig, Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG, St Aidans, Colaiste an Phiarsaigh and Ballincollig Community School who added to their Gaisce Award by helping out over the four days and were critical to ensuring that the event ran smoothly”.
Following the introduction of a Basketball for All strand to the event 3 years ago, inclusion continues to play an important role in the development of the event. Over 40 participants from special schools in Cork took part in a basketball workshop which included a mini Basketball blitz and skills challenge Cispheil na mBunscoil 2019. Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with Cork Sports Partnership Kate Feeney stated “We had a fantastic day of Basketball in Scoil Bernadette, the aim is to get students of all abilities playing basketball in Cork and make all sporting programmes fully inclusive, and today was a clear example of this”.