Basketball NI Board

The Basketball NI Board is responsible for the development of the sport and is made up of the following appointed and selected positions:

Non-Board Members

  • Competitions Committee
    • Men’s Senior League Convenor – Mark O’Neill
    • Women’s League Convenor – Mary Matthews
    • Junior League Convenor – Vacant
  • Finance Committee
    • Treasurer
    • Academies Officer
    • Governance Officer

Meet the BNI Board

John Kennedy

Secretary

In our first of the ‘Meet the Board’ series of posts we have, the Birthday boy himself, John Kennedy!

John has been working as Secretary over the past 3 years and has done a great job – but now it’s time to find out a little more about John – Please share with us in giving him a Happy Birthday Shout out in the comments below 👇🏼

Name: John Kennedy

Board Role: Secretary

Club Association : University of Ulster Tigers

Favourite thing to do? (other than basketball) – Baking

What is your Favourite Film? Anything Marvel, Forest Gump

Favourite Sporting Moment? So Many – My daughters first basketball games for Tigers – Manchester European Cup win over Munich, or Michael Owen winner for United against City 4-3, Mark Hughes Cup Winners Cup Final Goal

Can you tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t already know? I love Musical Theatre – not something I would have said 10 years ago

If you can invite 4 people to dinner who would they be? Sir Alex Ferguson, Tom Hanks, Edward Snowden, Nicole Scherzinger

What advice would you give to your teenage self, knowing what you know today? Travel more, learn a language, learn a musical instrument

What are your hopes for the future for basketball in Northern Ireland? To be the dominate Area Board in Ireland

Darry Petticrew

Governance

Darryl has been involved in basketball from a young age playing for both St. Malachy’s College and Belfast Star Basketball Club with a passion for the game both on and off the court as he helped develop the great volunteer coaching within his club and in more recent years helping within the club committee at Belfast Star Basketball Club.

Some young people will also know him for his great community work with PeacePlayers – Northern Ireland growing the sport of basketball with good relation programmes in communities across Northern Ireland.

Let’s hear a little more about Darryl…and why not give him a like and welcome him to the BNI Board!

Name: Darryl Petticrew

Board Role: Governance Officer

Club Association: Belfast Star Basketball Club

Favourite thing to do? (other than basketball) Dinner with family or 5-a-side Football

What is your Favourite Film? Platoon

Favourite Sporting Moment? Northern Ireland & Republic of Ireland Fans in Euro 2016

Can you tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t already know? I love boxing!

If you can invite 4 people to dinner who would they be (Excluding family & friends) ? JJ Redick, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mike Tyson, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

What advice would you give to your teenage self, knowing what you know today? Read more!

What are your hopes for the future for basketball in Northern Ireland? More people supporting, playing and enjoying basketball across NI

Heather Wright

Strategy Team & Marketing

As you can imagine – we are delighted when someone volunteers to join our board here at Basketball NI. But it is even more exciting when we can recruit someone from outside of the basketball community to help bring new prospectives to the table.

Join us as we welcome our next new addition in the IFA’s Heather Wright.

Heather has been working in the The Irish Football Association for nearly 7 years now with vast experience in International Administration, Branding, Marketing and Fundraising. We are so excited to welcome her to the Basketball NI board.

Here’s a little more about Heather – Give her a like below and show your support.

Name: Heather Wright

Board Role: Strategy Team & Marketing

Club Association: n/a – No links to basketball clubs.

Favourite thing to do?

Sing! Watch or play football and play hockey.

What is your Favourite Film?

The Lion King. The lifelong Good vs Evil battle with good obviously winning in the end – doesn’t matter that it’s a kids movie!

Favourite Sporting Moment?

As a player winning promotion to Premier League with Portadown Ladies hockey team on penalties against Belfast Harlequins. We went in to the match as underdogs and everyone had written us off before the game started. Playing in an all-ireland final was amazing but we were second best that day so I have mixed memories there. As a fan – without doubt it would have to be Northern Ireland’s EURO2016 journey.

Can you tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t already know?

I’m a qualified hockey umpire and football referee and have officiated 4 cup finals recently. I’ve completed 5 marathons, 15 Great North Runs (14 with my sister!) and hoping to be back in Tyneside later this year for #16. I’d like to do a marathon in Paris or Berlin perhaps.

If you can invite 4 people to dinner who would they be?

William Booth (founded my church – The Salvation Army), Alan Shearer (greatest Premier League striker ever), Pavarotti (for entertainment, I regret that I didn’t get to hear him sing when he visited Belfast) and my mum. If I had those three round and didn’t invite her she’d be gutted!

What advice would you give to your teenage self, knowing what you know today?

Listen to others, take different perspectives on board but once you shape your conclusion, believe in your own opinion.

What are your hopes for the future for basketball in Northern Ireland?

I would love to see more basketball being played, at even stronger clubs. There is also room for more coverage and visibility for the sport as this will ultimately inspire more people to play basketball.

Basketball NI has to build systems to support this and ensure that staff, coaches, clubs and schools have everything they need in place to see basketball flourish further into the future.

We need to secure serious funding that allows us to step up to markers laid down by other sports and I’m excited to be apart of the journey and to see how basketball can grow here in Northern Ireland.

Kevin Craig

Treasurer

Kevin Craig has been working in the BNI Treasurer role since October of 2019.

With a fantastic playing history at Superleague level at Belfast Star Basketball Club and a professional career working in the Financial sector Kevin understands what it takes to handle business both on the court and off.

In the spirit of sharing his basketball knowledge Kevin helped to develop the Andersonstown Tigers Basketball Club Men’s team and after a short sabbatical from the game, he returned recharged to Belfast Star BC to play BNI Premier league and assist as a junior coach.

Learn a little more about our new treasurer and join us in welcoming Kevin to our board at BNI with likes and comments below.

Name: Kevin Craig

Board Role: Treasurer

Club Association : Belfast Star

Favourite thing to do? (other than basketball): Walk Cave Hill or Divis Mountain with the family.

What is your Favourite Film? The Wanderers.

Favourite Sporting Moment? The Block ! (Game 7, Lebron vs Warriors)

Can you tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t already know? I like to paint (oils and acrylics).

If you can invite 4 people to dinner who would they be? (Currently alive and not friends or family…)

Phil Jackson, Frankie Boyle, Flea and Dennis Rodman, that could be a fun party!!

What advice would you give to your teenage self, knowing what you know today?

Embarrassment only lasts minutes, experiences can last a lifetime.

What are your hopes for the future for basketball in Northern Ireland?

In the short term, Id love to see professional infrastructure to guide, enable and assist the army of volunteers currently delivering the sport. Longer term, I’d love to see a purpose built centre of excellence for participants of all levels.
— feeling thankful.

Marc Mulholland

Strategy and Marketing

Marc was brought up in a basketball family with St Gall’s Basketball Club and coached in De La Salle College by, Basketball Ireland Hall of Fame Coach, Danny Fulton with Sean McGourty. He went on to represent Ireland in junior Men’s European competitions and played across the US in a number of Scholar Athlete Games.

After time away from the game he returned as a player/coach with the Lisburn Scorpions and then Andersonstown Tigers Basketball Club . Joining Basketball NI Academies set up as Coach for U16 & U18 Mens team for 3 years.

Most people will know Marc for his work with the Sport Changes Life foundation and being the Executive Director of the BHOF Belfast Classic in 2017 & 2018. His passion goes beyond the court as seen with his documentary Scram Films House of Hopla. Telling the story of NBA shooting coach Dave Hopla and his time in Belfast during the early 1980’s.

Most recently he was selected to represent Basketball Ireland on the FIBA TIMEOUT 2.0 Programme which is a great opportunity for Marc and BNI.

Learn a little more about Marc below and help us welcome him onboard.

Name: Marc Mulholland

Board Role: Strategy and Marketing

Club Association (if Any): No Active Club

Favourite thing to do? (other than basketball) Spending time with my family especially my two boys Luca and Leon – making movies and generally being creative.

What is your Favourite Film? That’s way to tough for me, I will have to go with House of Hopla 😉failing that ‘Gladiator’.

Favourite Sporting Moment? Tough to name one…I don’t think anything will ever beat the feeling of bringing the first ever NCAA Basketball tournament to Belfast with the Belfast Basketball Classic with Gareth Maguire and Sport Changes Life- Then the 2018 event was also an amazing moment – seeing 5,500 schools kids cheering on basketball in The SSE Arena, Belfast on the Friday morning was something really special and I will remember it the rest of my life. I think only a few people really understand what we went through to bring such a high level event to Belfast in an aim to try and inspire people through sport. From a basketball stand point Ray Allen hitting ‘the Shot’ in game 6 of the NBA Finals Vs the Spurs. I then later met him at his HOF enshrinement and chatted about it along with seeing, my friend across the pond Katie Smith getting inducted was something special. I have to say recently I witnessed when Shane Lowry won The Open – It was simply amazing energy and personally I was nominated to carry the London 2012 Olympic Torch. It’s an experience I will never forget.

Can you tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t already know?

Basketball wise – Lamar Odom once dunked on me in a game – thankfully before social media existed 😅 and since the new year I have taken up Judo and love it.

If you can invite 4 people to dinner who would they be (excluding family & friends)?

Assuming currently living – Tough one – it would need to be fun – Reggie Miller 🏀, Kevin Hart 🤣, Ellen DeGeneres🥰, Spike Lee 🎬. Should be a good night with plenty to talk about but this changes day by day in lockdown 😆.

What advice would you give to your teenage self, knowing what you know today?

When you’re 17 you will meet the girl you are going to spend the rest of your life with 🙌🏼. Take even more risks. Worry less. Always believe in yourself and follow your passions in life. Most importantly, be kind and take care of other people.

What are your hopes for the future for basketball in Northern Ireland?

I hope we can continue to grow the sport we love. Bring a professional approach to the sport so that it can have a sustainable future.

I would love to see it flourish in schools, see new clubs develop and the basketball community grow. Growing up basketball wasn’t the coolest sport to play and thankfully that has changed massively in recent years.

I would love to see more local news stories being reported regularly in the media which I feel will generate more interest and develop potential avenues for funding.

I would hope to develop a positive culture throughout our basketball community and introduce ways for new and returning members to get involved in the sport such as Pick Up basketball and FIBA 3X3 Competitions.
— feeling blessed.

Lilian Parks

Basketball Team NI Director

Her work over the past 8+ years has been second to none. Developing the Team NI Academies and helping to create a platform for our young players gain access to elite coaching and international sporting experiences at junior level.

Basketball NI Team Director, Lilian Parkes ,is a fantastic asset to Basketball here in NI. Not only has she helped both male and female players development, she has helped local coaches providing a platform for them to volunteer to coach at an elite international level.

As if that isn’t all, Lilian developed a volunteering network for team managers and a passionate culture for parents, families and fans of the game to come and support Team NI both at home and abroad.

Find out more about Lilian and join us in thanking Lilian for her tremendous work and let her know with a like or a comment below.

Name: Lilian Parkes

Board Role: Basketball Team NI Director

Club Association (if Any): None

Favourite thing to do? (other than basketball) I’ve a few so will name more than one… spending time with family; and entertaining people whether through comedy shows or murder mysteries.

What is your Favourite Film? Shrek

Favourite Sporting Moment?

Playing left back position in hockey at school and scoring a goal from behind the half-way line!

Can you tell us something about yourself that we wouldn’t already know?

I climbed to the top of a tall ship’s mast while in the Bay of Biscay (Tall Ships Race 1990).

If you can invite 4 people to dinner who would they be (excluding family& friends)?

Kenneth Branagh, Pope Francis, Queen Elizabeth II, Julie Walters.

What advice would you give to your teenage self, knowing what you know today?

Eat more healthily, keep taking one day at a time and go find a basketball club somewhere!!

What are your hopes for the future for basketball in Northern Ireland?

These include…1) that we get more investment in the sport to give the clubs and players more support and opportunites; 2) have a dedicated central TeamNI double basketball court venue; 3) Northern Ireland competing in and winning Commonwealth Games; 4) the population discovering how much fun basketball can be and it becoming one of the best ways to keep fit!