The Pinergy All-Ireland Basketball Schools Cup was officially launched today at the National Basketball Arena.
It is only a short step since the regulations around indoor sport and Covid were amended by Government to allow games to go ahead but as is the nature of sport, that win, while crucial for the tournament to progress, was in the past already.
Pinergy was unveiled as the sponsors of the All-Ireland Schools Cup earlier this year in an announcement that saw them extend their partnership with Basketball Ireland as the Official Energy and Insights partner for another three years.
It will promote the games through a #PoweringTheDifference campaign for a tournament that will involve more than 150 schools across the country.
Knockout competitions across three grades at each of U19 and U16 will culminate in a week of finals at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght in January.
With Round One fixtures set to be completed by mid-November, the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the competition will be rounded out before Christmas.
“At Pinergy, we are extremely excited to launch the prestigious All-Ireland Schools Cup in our first year as sponsors of the competition,” said Head of Marketing, David Slattery.
“The All-Ireland Schools Cup comes at a crucial stage in young players’ development, and we are proud to be powering the difference for schools across the country this year. The skill, determination and hard work of youngsters at this level is awe-inspiring and should make for an electric season ahead.”
“I’m extremely proud to be an ambassador for this year’s event,” added former Schools Cup star and Irish international, Sorcha Tiernan.
“I have such fond memories of representing my school Coláiste Chiaráin at the Arena in Tallaght and testing myself against the very best players in the country. The Schools Cup was instrumental in my development as a player, and I’m really looking forward to seeing which players and schools shine this year.”
“Pinergy has been a great supporter of basketball for the past couple of years and it is exciting to see them take over title sponsorship of one of our flagship events,” said Basketball Ireland Commercial Manager Conor Meany.
“Anyone who has seen our schools competitions knows the energy and excitement that they bring.”
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