Basketball Ireland has released its 5 Year Women In Basketball Strategy 2023-2027, identifying four key areas of development.
Included are plans to implement a bespoke mentorship programme for female coaches and officials, while also offering training and support for women and girls who wish to take on or maintain a leadership position within the sport.
Basketball Ireland will continue removing barriers to female participation on the court too, working with clubs to develop a non-competitive, social pathway in the sport at all age groups. A defined gender balance policy is on the agenda, setting out best practice rules and targets for clubs and committees. Basketball Ireland will also aim to maintain a 50/50 gender split in our playing members during the lifespan of the strategy.
🗣️𝙄𝙩'𝙨 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙪𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙖 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙧𝙤𝙡𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙙𝙚𝙡 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩"
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Basketball Ireland’s Women in Sport lead Louise O’Loughlin said: “Maintaining and increasing female participation in all aspects of basketball has always been high on our agenda. This Women In Basketball Strategy will give us the framework to achieve our goals, supporting women to get involved or re-engage with the sport from the elite level right through to grassroots.”
“Our overall 5 Year Strategic Plan set out some exciting targets and this document matches that ambition.” added Basketball Ireland CEO John Feehan. “Central to the plan is the provision for a dedicated a Women In Sport Manager to oversee the delivery of the strategy and ensure our members see a tangible difference over the next five years. I look forward to seeing it come to fruition.”
To find out more about Basketball Ireland and hear the story of the Women In Sport Rep, Erin Bracken, watch this episode of the Her Sport Show: