Scoil Chríost Rí competed a remarkable feat last year as they qualified to represent Ireland in the International Schools Basketball World championships in Greece 2019.
This is the third time the Portlaoise school have competed in this tournament, having previously played in Jerusalem in 1999 and Turkey in 2001.
Of the current 12 Scoil Chríost Rí players attending the world championships, 11 play for the local Portlaoise Panthers team.
At present players and parents are vigourously fundraising between bag packs, street collections and jersey days at school – but they are asking for local support to help get them to Crete.
Having won both the U16 Subway Schools Cup and League competitions over the past two years, Scoil Chríost Rí made it through to the international competition.
Now another hurdle in the terms of fundraising awaits the team, coached by Laois legend Pat Critchley.
They are appealing to local businesses to sponsor the team. A sponsorship of €500 will cover accommodation and ground transfer for nine days of the championship. This can be from one sponsor or a group of sponsors.
A medium advertisement is €100 while a small advertisement in €50.
The ISF world championships take place in Heraklion, Crete from April 12 to April 20, 2019. They involve 32 countries and nine different venues.
Anyone who is interested in helping to sponsor the team can call 086 1070198.