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Hoopskool Basketball Programme



Hoop Skool is a Basketball Programme which was founded in 2011 by Gillian Clarges. It is one of Irelands first Individual Player Development Programmes. Our aim is to develop the core skills necessary to play basketball.

We run year-round basketball programmes such as the Shooters Academy, The Grind & Shooting Clubs and deliver 2 programmes in the primary school setting.

Our Skoolers Programmes Consist of



-The Fundamental Basketball skills

-The Ball handling Character Development Programme

Programmes are run over 8 weeks and have been a huge success in developing well rounded players. These programmes can be run during school PE times or afterschool. For more information check out this page.

Skooler’s Programme 1 Fundamental Basketball Skills

Ages 3rd – 6th Class Cost €64 for 8 week Programme

This programme is designed to develop the fundamental basketball skills while improving motor skills and coordination. It was developed here in Ireland by Gillian Clarges Bsc Sport & Exercise Science in line with Physical Education guidelines to introduce children to the game of basketball while improving their physical capabilities as athletes.

The focus of the programme takes a look at basic basketball skills and how to transfer them into a

  • Moving your body – starting, stopping, jumping and balance
  • Using your hands – catching , passing, shooting
  • Decision Making – Passing, catching & shooting
  • Learning to Assess – Offence & Defence Principles
  • Real Time Processing – Open Play

The programme can be run over a 8 week period or continuous progression for the entire school term. We adapt the lesson plans to the player’s ages and current capabilities. The programme has been run in schools and clubs since 2000.

Skooler’s Programme 2 Ball handling Character Development Programme

Age Senior Infants – 4th Class Cost €64 per student per 8 week term

The Character Development Programme was adapted from an Elementary schools programme delivered in the US. The focus of the programme is to teach 50 plus different basketball ball handling skills. The core of the programme is to instil character amongst the players and to enable them to become better ball handlers but more importantly student, individuals, team mates and class mates.

Each player learns how to be a responsible individual as they learn through basketball about respect, responsibility, encouragement, courage, kindness, self-discipline and perseverance.

It is a hugely successful programme and brings out the best in students. The aim is that they will have fun, learn to be better basketball players and be able to contribute to society in a more productive way. The programme has been carefully designed to carry out specific character traits amongst your students while being able to perform a 1 minute routine with each other.

At the end of the 8 week the Coach will award 7 of the students with a t shirt which they feel the student has earned throughout the programme. Most Respectful, Most Responsible, Most Courageous etc. They will work with the staff team to see if the students have transferred this into the classroom. It is a great way to ensure we get the most out of the programme.

Contact us


Web: www.hoopskool.ie
Phone: 0863310605
Email: hoopskoolers@gmail.com
Facebook: Hoop.Skool