Basketball Ireland announced ambitious plans during the week for 8 to 10 Centres of Excellence, which will be located nationwide. NUI Galway and Ulster University in Jordanstown are the first two Centres of Excellence to be confirmed, having signed an agreement with Basketball Ireland this month. Talks are ongoing with a number of other third level institutions, with further announcements in due course.

Each Centre of Excellence will provide access to expertise, such as strength and conditioning, sports medicine, sports psychology, diet and nutrition, sports management and administration, coach development and training. They will also have media and meeting facilities.

The Centres of Excellence will be used for national training camps for international sides, along with Basketball Ireland academies. There will also be the ability to host international fixtures, national senior competitions, intervarsity competitions, as well as local schools cups and blitzes.

Swinford native Mike Murray Director of Basketball at NUI Galway, Aine McDonagh of NUIG Mystics and a Galway Ladies footballer along with Irish international and Titans star Malik Thiam joined us on Sunday Sport today to tell us more about the new Centre of Excellence.

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