Founded in 2004 Galway Titans Basketball Club was established to reinvigorate the sport in Galway City by placing an equal emphasis on skill, participation and competition. In five short years we have grown to 440 members. The club is focused on providing the opportunity to play basketball to children and youths from all sections of the community, to facilitate social basketball for men and women and to re-invigorate competitive basketball in the city. Thanks to our numerous sponsors for their enormous generosity to our club, and to our club officers and hard working committee for their commitment and dedication to our club.
What is Titans Basketball Club about?
- Playing members men and women (21 different teams crossing all levels from Mens National League to Mens & Women’s Galway County League, Women’s & Mens Master Teams (over 40’s) and all under age groups from U18 down to our youngest members and in addition we have our own Mens Wheelchair team called the “Titans Tornadoes”) playing members range in ages from six to sixty, able bodied and disabled compete socially, locally, regionally and nationally
- Senior Mens National League Div.1 Finalist & National Cup Semi-finalist 2009; We have held 47 Basketball Camps and Schools of Excellence to date;
- Last year club members received in excess of 1,000 hours coaching and we played 125 senior men and women games;
- In July 2007 we commenced wheelchair basketball, the first club west of the Shannon to do so, with ambitions to compete at National level;
- In September 2008 we started a youth’s wheelchair basketball segment within the club; In Feb 2009 we took delivery of 15 new wheelchairs sponsored by 14 Medical Device Companies based in the Region. Wheelchair bound children receive coaching every Saturday in our Academy;
- We have a well established “Scholarship Programme” devoted to children from “Rapid” designated areas in Galway (these members are not expected to pay membership fees);
- We have 17 different nationalities enrolled as playing members, reflecting the evolving cosmopolitan nature of Galway;
- The club in co-operation with the Galway City Sports Partnership and Foroige, also runs camps (4 annually) including the Summer Hoops Programme targeting young people who are not actively involved in basketball (or any sporting activity) with the aim of, increasing their interest and growing their self confidence, by way of involvement in team sport. This initiative specifically targeted the development of healthy lifestyles and sports for young people from the “Rapid” designated areas of Galway (and specifically young people who have been identified as being ‘at risk’). It covers areas such as Hydration, Diet, Stretching, Speed, Hand – Eye coordination and the concept of being part of a multi-cultural team. In 2008, 360 participated 60% being young girls, 40% were of other cultures, 78% were on “Free-Scholarships”.
- Besides being a worthwhile Social, Educational, Personal and Community initiative, while on the programme, the young people claimed to have had “FUN” and to have been given the opportunity to make new friends!!;
- In 2009 Titans administered 3 separate ‘Social Inclusion’ measures in co-operation with the Galway City Sports Partnership consisiting of 2 christmas tournaments for adults who, at this time, were not involved in sports (82 people); From this initiative emerged a women’s (Mothers) social basketball session which is in its 15th week claiming membership of 14;
- 2007 Guinness World Record holder for the longest basketball game in history (40 hours and 3 minutes – see page 84 in Annual); this extreme marathon raised €16,500 for Console (Bereaved by Suicide Foundation) in partnership with Boston Scientific Employees;
- Basketball Ireland National Club of the Year 2006;
- “Diversity”: Titans Basketball Club are committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination and ensuring an inclusive environment irrespective of age, gender, marital or civil partnership status, colour, ethnic or national origin, culture, religion, religious belief or similar philosophical belief, disability, political affiliation or sexual orientation;
- Titans administered in conjunction with Basketball Ireland three separate ‘coaching for coaches’ training sessions where more than 45 Titans coaches were upskilled and certified to FIBA introduction level standard as part of Titans commitment to quality coaching at all levels in Titans Basketball Club. We have a core coaching staff with higher qualifications who oversee the Titans coaching program;
- Youth Homelessness in Sport. In the past twelve months 3 Titans coaches have been involved with the operation of ‘Midnight Basketball’. A Healthy Lifestyles initiative for young people who are homeless which works is an inter agency program between Titans, The Galway City Sports Partnership and HSE –W.
In addition to this we also cater for over 100 six to nine year olds as part of our Academy programme. As an essential component to this development we must acknowledge the Herculean efforts of all our 52 voluntary coaches and 64 parents who provide the support and supervision requisite for such an undertaking.