Dublin Primary Schools Mini-Basketball takes a novel approach to implementing a child appropriate approach to primary school sport.

35 Finals of the Dublin Primary Schools Mini-Basketball League are taking place in the National Basketball Arena finishing on Tuesday 28th November.

70 school teams were clustered in groups of no more than five schools and played one another once.  They were then ranked 1, 2, 3 etc. in their cluster. The Dublin Primary Schools Mini-Basketball Board then paired 1s, 2s, 3s etc. for Finals in the National Basketball Arena.

So all participants play in the league and get a Final at their own level.

Each school team also brings two table officials and schools were sent a child-friendly scoresheet with guidelines in advance. 

In all over 800 children are playing and 70 children are officiating.

All children participate in two quarters with no child playing more than two quarters.  All children are awarded a League participation medal and the winning schools are presented with a trophy.

Over 1,500 supporters are enjoying the occasion – most visiting the Arena for the first time.

The Dublin Officials Association is providing referees, and Commissioners oversee the event each day.

This imaginative approach is in keeping with the ethos of the Primary Schools’ Mini-Basketball as outlined in the PSMNC brochure which can be downloaded from www.basketballireland.ie Primary Schools.

The ethos is defined in the PSMNC brochure as “enabling children to learn, play and enjoy basketball in a supportive environment”.  Furthermore the brochure goes on to emphasise the “importance of age appropriate fundamental movement and basketball skills development” while avoiding the “negative aspects of competition for children”.  Samples of negative aspects outlined in the PSMNC brochure include; playing the best players only, complex tactics, early elimination structures and trying to win matches at the expense of player development”.

Teaching videos, the Mini3on3 booklet, Rules, Scoresheet & Guidelines – can be all downloaded on www.basketballireland.ie

For further information on the League contact the Coordinator Catriona Casey on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or the Chairman Noel Keating on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Membership Retention SeminarUCD Sport in conjunction with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership are hosting a FREE Seminar on Thursday November 23rd from 6.15pm in the Fitzgerald Debating Chamber in UCD Student Centre.

Every club does its best to keep its existing members and also attract new ones, but sometimes people just drop out or opt out. Peter Smyth, Director of Research in Sport Ireland, will give an overview of what the research is telling us as to why children and adults both start playing sport and also why they might drop out. Armed with this knowledge clubs can then put in place methods to try to maximise retention of their members.

For more information or to register your free place follow this link https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/membership-retention-seminar-tickets-39950418778 

SpeakOver the past 10 years, the annual SPEAK report has provided a summary evaluation of the work carried out by

Sport Ireland’s national network of Local Sports Partnerships. We are delighted to present the 2016 SPEAK report

as it continues to highlight the innovative and progressive opportunities that assist people to get more active

throughout Ireland.

There is a diverse range of sport and physical activity opportunities available through Local Sports Partnerships.

In 2016, 291,947 people increased their physical activity levels by taking part in programmes supported by the Local Sports Partnerships.

View the full report here...

Dormant Accounts FundMinster of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin TD today announced €2.9m worth of funding for sport and physical activity projects through the Dormant Accounts Fund. The investment of €2.9 million is being allocated to National Physical Activity Plan measures for disadvantaged communities and will be administered by Sport Ireland.

Speaking at the announcement in Killarney today, Minister Griffin said: "The funding of €2.9m being announced today will support the delivery of sport and physical activity initiatives across the country under the National Physical Activity Plan.

dlr volunteers logoOn Thursday 7th December, dlr County Council will be hosting a Celebration of Volunteerism in recognition of those who selflessly volunteer their time to help their community, group or club.

The event will also mark the 10th Birthday of the dlr Volunteer Centre and the launch of the dlr Volunteer Corp, which is a joint initiative of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the dlr Volunteer Centre

Do you know someone who selflessly volunteers their time to help others and who deserves to be recognised for their efforts?

Nominations are now invited to honour those whose exceptional efforts as volunteers have made a difference to the lives of others in their communities.

For more information or to nominate a volunteer click here...