The IIBA organise a number of major events throughout the year and licence affiliated clubs to organise tournaments. The season normally begins with the Champion of Champions competition with those who have won licenced tournaments eligible to participate. The winners of the 4 competitions will reprsent Ireland in the World Championships staged every 2 years. this is followed by the Club Championship featuring 64 clubs from across Ireland. Clubs are nominated by their Zones and should normally qualify through leagues or cup competitions which are open to all clubs within the Zone. The inter zone competition features 26 zones and was one of the first competitions organised by the IIBA. The winners of the men's competition represent Ireland in the British Isles Top Team competition with regional winners from England and Scotland. The largest event are the national, ladies and junior championships which begin in some zones in October and conclude with the finals in March. The winners of the Nationals represent Ireland in the British Isles Championships held every year.
In addition affiliated clubs run some 300 competitions, singles, pairs, triples and rinks. At present cash prizes are not permitted.
VISIT TO NATIONAL SPORTS CENTRE DUBLIN
Centre Activity Manager with IBA PRO Seamus Kyne
at the Blancherstown national Sports Centre
The National Sports Campus is providing state-of-the-art sports facilities to elite athletes in Ireland while offering valuable amenities to the local community.
The Campus boasts an impressive array of facilities including the National Aquatic Centre, Centre for the Football Association of Ireland and the national team, Irish Institute of Sport- providing sports science and medical facilities, a National Modern Pentathlon Centre, Horse Sports Arena, the National Aquatic Centre, National Diving Centre, grass and outdoor synthetic playing pitches, complete with floodlights and pavilion. And there is more; the National Indoor Arena has started and the Campus has received planning for the National Velodrome and Badminton Centre.
It is in the new indoor arena that Centre Activity Manager Gary Stewart is enthusiastic about providing short mat bowls as one of the activities when it opens in January. During a meeting of just under 2 hours Gary was given information about the IIBA and its activities at local level and further afield, the equipment required and how best he might advertise and involve the community which has a catchment area of some 450,000. At present there are no clubs in the Dublin area in the association though there are clubs playing the game and we are trying to make contact with some to see if we can get a base established.