She Got Game: Celebrating the First Year of Women’s Social Basketball Programme

The first year of the “She Got Game” women’s social basketball programme concluded on a high note this past Friday night at Newforge Sports Complex. This remarkable initiative brought together four dedicated teams from across Northern Ireland—MaBulls, Newry Fliers, North Star Warriors and Magherafelt Titans. The final blitz saw two MaBulls team, Newry Fliers and Magherafelt Titans play against each other for a thrilling final showcase.

The atmosphere was electric with DJ Blasé on the decks, lots of dedicated fans and cheerleaders making lots of noise in the bleachers and the ladies gathering on court for one last run out of an incredibly successful first year. We thank Ruth Weber for refereeing, Catherine Dolliver (S&C Coach) for warming up and cooling down the ladies and our two table officials Frank Bryan and David Anderson.

Since its inception, “She Got Game” has seen over 180 women from various parts of Northern Ireland take part in the programme. What makes this achievement even more impressive is the diverse range of participants. Some women who joined had never picked up a basketball before, while others were returning to the court after years away from competitive play. This inclusive approach has not only fostered a sense of community but has also reignited a passion for the sport among many.

Niamh Mac Manus, Programme Coordinator for Basketball NI, said “What a first year we’ve had! This programme was about empowering women through basketball and I think that is exactly what we have achieved. It has given women an opportunity to come out each week, forget about work, life, uni or mummy responsibilities for an hour and allow them to catch up with old friends, form new friendships and be a safe space all while improving their basketball skills and physical fitness”.

The success of the “She Got Game” programme would not have been possible without the support from Sport NI and National Lottery funding. Their backing has been instrumental in providing resources, facilities, and opportunities for women to engage in this fantastic sport. The programme’s emphasis on social interaction, fitness, and fun has resonated deeply with participants, leading to a highly positive reception and enthusiastic involvement.

Looking ahead, we are thrilled to announce that the “She Got Game” programme will be returning for its second year in September. With plans to grow and improve, we are committed to building on the foundations laid in our inaugural year and spreading further into the North West of the country. The future promises more opportunities for women to discover the joys of basketball, stay active, and form lasting friendships through this unique social sporting experience.

As we wrap up this first chapter of “She Got Game,” we extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been part of this journey. From the participants and coaches to the supporters and funders, your contributions have made this programme a resounding success. We look forward to seeing even more women take to the courts next year, continuing to shape and enhance this vibrant community. Here’s to another exciting year of “She Got Game”!

If you are interested in taking part of this programme or want to learn more please contact

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