Cookies on The Southern Star website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the The Southern Star website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time by amending your browser settings.
How does The Southern Star use cookies?
Cookies enable us to identify your device, or you when you have logged in. We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences, for example. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience.
We dont sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).
Hide Message
  • Sport

Bandon basketball club needs new coaches

Wednesday, 12th September, 2018 2:00pm

Story by Kieran McCarthy
Bandon basketball club needs new coaches

The Bandon Ravens U14 team pictured after a match last season.

BANDON Ravens Basketball Club is gearing up for its second season on the hard courts of Cork – but the club is in need of new coaches to keep this show on the road.

The girls’ basketball club was set up last year and is now entering its second season.

It has three girls’ teams – U14, U16 and U18 – that operate in the B leagues. They train at the Convent in Bandon and play home matches at the Grammar School, and there’s lots of excitement and enthusiasm ahead of the new season.

Registration was held on Monday night and as the new campaign draws closer, the need for coaches grows, as chairperson Emily Fitzgerald explains.

‘Ideally we would have two coaches per team so if one coach is missing, the other steps in,’ she explains.

‘We have two coaches for the U14 team, two of our U16 coaches can’t commit fully this season due to work commitments and our U18 coach is expecting later this year, so we have three coaches at the moment and ideally we need six.’

The call is being put out to anyone who feels they can help the club this season as it works hard to give local girls the opportunity to play basketball outside of school.

‘One of our coaches last year never played basketball and he is back coaching again this season. 

It would be great to find people that are interested to help the team, even if it’s just for this year,’ Fitzgerald says.

‘As first years go, the girls really enjoyed it last season. We were up against teams from the city who have been training girls since they were six so it was tough in that sense, but it was great to get up and running.’

Plans for an U12 girls’ team have been put on hold for the time being, as the Bandon Ravens look to spread their wings and fly. 

Girls from Bandon and Clonakilty are involved and the club has a big catchment area with the nearest clubs to the west in Skibbereen and Bantry, and on the other side, Ballincollig and Kinsale.

‘We are all working hard to keep the club going, it’s a great outlet for teenage girls and keeps them involved in sport, and everyone is having fun and exercise at the same time,’ chairperson Fitzgerald says.

If you are interested in getting involved in coaching with Bandon Ravens Basketball Club or know someone who is, then contact chairperson Emily Fitzgerald (087-9705050) or anyone else involved in the club, or check out the club’s Facebook page (Bandon Girls’ Basketball Club).

Stay up-to-date with the latest West Cork news with a Southern Star digital subscription on your phone, tablet or computer. Click here for more.