Welcome To Orange Family - LePy!
Leppävaaran Pyrintö, otherwise known as LePy, is a basketball club based in Leppävaara, Espoo. We have more than 1 000 members. We have about 650 licensed basketball players which makes us the third biggest basketball club in Finland.
We Have Something For Everyone
LePy provides something for everyone. We have family basketball (vanhempi-lapsikoris) for parents and under school age children. Basketball groups start from age 6 onwards. Each age group is its own team and they are named by their respective ages (e.g. girls 2012, boys 2012). You will get more information about teams from team’s own pages (joukkueet). Don’t hesitate to ask more information from coaches or team managers of your child’s age group.
For adults, we offer beginner groups as well as playing in a team. In beginner groups one can practice once, twice or three times per week and pays for the times she/he attends. Each practice is coached by one of the LePy professional coaches. Our adult teams are mainly put together by groups of friends. LePy adult groups consist of a big variety of teams all with different ambitions. If you are interested to join the practices, you can register in aikuisten harrastekoris (in English adult's basketball groups). If you are interested in joining one of the teams which play in different levels, feel free to contact them directly. You can find their information in joukkueet (in English).
We also offer Unified Basketball for youth and adults with mental, social or physical challenges or disabilities. In Unified Basketball, disabled players play among abled partner-players on the same teams. More information about Unified basketball can be found in Unified-joukkue.
How to start
We organize a free basketball school each August and January, which is an easy way to start here at LePy. We also accept players that choose to start at any time of the year. All of our teams and groups take new players throughout the year. More information about joining and registration can be found Koriskoulu (in English Basketball school).
We are a non-profit organization, which runs with the member fees. Our yearly fees start from 300 euros onwards, depending on the level and activity of the group. Our biggest expenses are the coaching salaries and gym fees. If you are interested in playint basketball, you are always welcome to try a practice free of charge with LePy. After the second practice, fees must be discussed if continuing is in consideration. You can find information about Season fees from the Season fees from jäsen- ja kausimaksut (in English fees).
We run most of our activities in Espoo city schools. This means that they are governed by the schools and therefore influenced on cancellations by the school even in short notice. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the cancellations but we can’t offer any refunds since our monthly expenses remain the same (e.g. coaching salaries).
Our teams take part in the basketball leagues run by the Finnish Basketball Association. Before playing in the first official match match everyone is obligated to pay Finnish Basketball Association’s player license fee. Players are also responsible for their own insurances. It is possible to purchase an insurance with the license. You will also need the LePy uniform (orange shirt and shorts), which you will receive after paying the 50 euros’ deposit on them. More information about this is available upon joining the team.
It takes a village...
Playing basketball or any team sport means attending practices, other team events and games. For these happenings to run, the team needs not only employees but lots of volunteers. So far, we have organized everything amongst the parents, and we depend on everyone taking part in small tasks e.g. score keeping in games, baking for tournaments. If this happens, our extra costs are limited and the groups tend to work as more of a unit. We don’t demand anyone to participate, but we strongly encourage that when your child joins the LePy family, you also join by taking part yourself. LePy events offer a great chance for you to get involved in the community and meet other interesting people that share the same interests as you. The more active the parents are behind the team, the better environment we can offer our children to grow while playing basketball. Remember, it takes a village…
You are welcome to LePy family!
If you have questions, feel free to contact Marika Vilanen by e-mail (marika.vilanen#lepy.fi) or by phone (+358 44 567 0777)