Bronze Club Mark awarded - Tridents Basketball Club
February 08, 2021
What made you want to try and achieve the Basketball Ireland club mark?
We recognised that it would enhance our club greatly by participating. It underpins all that is working very well at Club level, while setting a roadmap for further development. It ensured that our coaches had the relevant qualifications and training regarding child protection and helped us be transparent about our achievements and practices as a club.
How did you find the Basketball Ireland Club Mark process?
We found it to be a clear and easy process to follow. We were given clear instructions on what we needed to do and how to proceed. We knew that if we had a question Basketball Ireland was only an email or phone call away, this gave us a lot of confidence.
What difference is the Basketball Ireland Club Mark going to make for your club?
Although we have only achieved one of the four stages so far we can already see the difference in our club.
We have updated our club policies, health and safety statements and risk assessments.
We now host more regular meetings on zoom with our club committee and everyone is now more familiar with their role within the club. The committee understands where the club is now and where we want to be in the future. We have the tools to achieve it and now look forward to working hard to accomplishing level two.
Can you tell us a bit about your club?
Tridents basketball club was established in 1975. We have moved location a number of times, but we are now based in the Dublin 15 area. We are lucky to be surrounded by such a high young population that feeds into our club. Tridents started as a mixed-gender club but in more recent times we had only focused on our female teams. We have 3 senior ladies teams, girls’ teams from U11 -U18 and in recent years we have developed an academy for both boys and girls for the 6-10 years age group. The club is growing every year and adding greatly to the numbers playing at both senior and junior levels. A new departure for the club was the establishment of our first boy's team, who are registered to play in the U11 league. We aim to grow both the girl's and boy's teams within the club and hope to eventually have teams competing in all Dublin Basketball leagues.
Our biggest achievements in 2020 included the promotion of our division 5 Senior ladies team to division four, having won their league and the promotion of our Division four team to Division three, having secured second places came second in their league. In 2019 our U18 team was the winners of the Dublin league. Over the years we have had numerous players represent our club on Dublin and Provincial teams.
Many Tridents players also participate in local primary and post-primary schools leagues and they have had many successes over the years.
What challenges do you face in the club if any?
Our main challenge is securing gym time for training and games to cater to the growing interest and requirements of all teams. We are lucky to have such high-quality gyms available to us but indoor sports are popular within the Dublin 15 area thus limiting availability.
As all of our coaches are parents and volunteers, it can be challenging to find people to offer their time. For those that have not previously coached basketball, training opportunities for new coaches, and coaches willing to advance their skills are limited and infrequent.
Another challenge, common to all clubs, is that of competition with other sports, especially for our junior players. We have so many talented young players but training and game times can clash.
We try our best to put matches/training on different days but as the players get older it isn’t always possible to continue to play all sports as study becomes more time-consuming.
Do you think you will engage with the club mark system and achieve all the way up to Platinum Club Mark? If so, what do you need to do to get your club to this stage?
We have a very dedicated committee at Tridents. They believe that the higher the club achieves the better the standard it will be for its members and thus achieve our full potential as a club. To continue striving for the betterment of our club is an agreed goal. Central to that will be the continued communication about the benefits of the same and ensuring that all members of the committee and coaches understand the requirements. A central platform on the BI website of templates, draft policies, etc would be very useful and less daunting, thereby encouraging clubs to continue to strive for higher awards.
What are the goals for the season ahead?
It is such a different year for us in 2020/21 due to COVID19, but we would like to achieve our Basketball Ireland Silver mark.
We have really been working hard to get new coaches involved so as we can continue to enter more teams into competitions.
We also intend to work hard to retain our players and encourage more members to join us within both the junior and senior leagues of the club. Enjoyment and fun are paramount to our club - we intend to continue to maintain this at all levels while developing player's skills and confidence.
Finally, we would like to network and grow stronger relationships with businesses within the Dublin 15 area.
What would you say to other clubs thinking about getting involved in the Basketball Ireland Club Mark?
This is an opportunity that you cannot turn down! Your club has the opportunity to meet its full potential, be more sustainable and most importantly be in line with best practices.
The application process is now back open and for all information in relation to the Basketball Ireland Club Mark, please visit the website here.