It is important for young performers to have an opportunity to make the most of their abilities and potentials. The academy programme provides clubs with an outlet for their talented players. Basketball NI has a responsibility for talent identification and performance development in partnership with local clubs. Basketball NI is in the unique position that it can, through its affiliation to Basketball Ireland, have players participate in international FIBA age-group competitions and also participate in high performance opportunities provided by ‘home-countries’ and Commonwealth structures. The Academy supports high performance development and aims to maximise the opportunities for both boys and girls to participate in high performance competition.
It should also be noted that the Basketball NI Academy still exists as being unique within Basketball Ireland’s governance. No other region currently operates an Academy that caters for so many players of both gender.