Basketball Ireland Summer Camp

This weekend saw the Basketball Ireland National summer camp get under way with over 200 players from around the country coming to Gormanston Park.

The Basketball Ireland National Camp at Gormanston Park is the longest running basketball camp in Ireland and has seen some of the country’s best ever players come through its ranks. This coming summer will mark the 44th year of the camp and it is going as strong as ever with the best coaches from home and abroad attending annually to divulge their knowledge with hundreds of future stars.

The players will stay in our newly refurbished rooms, where they will have access to WiFi, shower facilities and a TV room in which they can relax after a hard days training. If they have any energy left, they will also be able to enjoy a round of Footgolf on our newly installed course. Our Basketball courts have also recently been refurbished which will only add to the already fantastic experience.

Gormanston Park Footgolf Tournament

Gormanston Park recently held its first ever Footgolf tournament. When we saw how popular footgolf was becoming we knew we had to hold a tournament especially as the rivalry amongst staff was escalating. We linked up with Ronan Cunningham over at the Irish Footgolf Association (IFGA) and joined the tour.

In treacherous conditions on the 7th of May the day finally arrived. You could have been fooled into thinking it was a winters morning and not the beginning of Summer. That’s Ireland for you! However, the wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the 23 hopeful players who turned up to represent their respective clubs and counties.

Gormanston Park also had its newly formed team consisting of Aaron, Dan, Conor and Graham; inexperienced yet quietly confident. The first big obstacle was the first kick over the river which was bursting at the seams from all the rain. Thankfully everybody managed to clear the river as it was a bit cold for a swim. As the day went on, the weather didn’t let up but that didn’t stop the lads from putting in some fantastic performances. Although the famous hole 12, a forty-yard kick over the river did catch out some ambitious players, luckily we had fishing net.

Fantastic Footgolf

At the end of the day the scores were added up. It was a three-way tie at -8. This only meant one thing, PLAYOFF! It was decided the 17th hole would be played again. The first two tee offs were sliced and went into the rough. The cold weather was really taking its toll. Up third was Cathal Jenkinson, calm as you like, he played a safe kick straight down the fairway. Followed by a fantastic second kick to land on the green, leaving the other players needing a miracle to win. With the crowd looking on eagerly, Cathal sunk the ball for a birdie. He pumped the air with his fist, he had just won the first Gormanston Park footgolf open and what a way to do it! Congratulations Cathal and thanks to everybody who took part.

We can’t wait to host more competitions in the future and hopefully win some along the way.

Cathal - winner Footgolf

Gormanston Park welcomed Down footballers

Recently Gormanston Park welcomed the County Down minor football team. They were preparing for the tough season ahead with numerous league and championship games to play. The team underwent an intense training camp to prepare them physically and mentally for the challenges they will face in the season ahead. They stayed in Gormanston Parks newly refurbished rooms, which provide a comfortable and relaxing place to rest after a hard days work.

Training Hard!

They were put through their paces with strenuous gym sessions, circuit training and of course pitch sessions on our two GAA pitches to keep their touch in. In the evening they were able to analyse past games in our green room which is equipped with a 65” TV, and also has numerous t.v channels to watch during their free time. The team were also free to use our gaming facilities which include a full size pool table and they were also free to use our newly opened footgolf course. If the competition during the Footgolf tournament is anything to go by, there is no worry about them being competitive come championship. It was also great to see the defenders give the forwards a run for their money.

The team is coached by James McCartan, who played senior for Down in the 1950-60s while also managing Down in the 1980’s. We would like to wish them luck in the season ahead, we’re sure they will do great.