ST. LEO'S COLLEGE in Carlow has just launched their new Spikeball Coaching Initiative. The programme is funded by the Irish Sports Council's 'Women in Sport' project, which encourages young women to actively participate in sport. Fifteen transition year students have been selected as part of the Spikeball Girls Leaders Award Programme, to provide coaching to primary schools across the county.
On Thursday September 13, Mary Lalor visited the school to teach 15 students about Spikeball, a sport derived from Volleyball and equally as fun.
In a day long course, the eager the students learned all the skills required to play the game and how to teach them to local primary school kids in fifth and sixth classes. Spikeball is a sport that requires teamwork and concentration, and since the students all actively had to get involved in the course, they worked together as a team. It was really a fantastic day for the girls, the TY students, and their teacher Ms Vivienne Kelly along with Mary.
Initially the coaching was tough, to say the least, but as the weeks progressed the girls became more confident and experienced the full benefits of this programme. Their leadership and teamwork skills were improved and tested greatly, as they were dealing with a large group of children whose attention had to try and be captured at all times. They are all excited to see all the hard work they put in showcased at the blitz following this six week coaching programme.
The blitz will commence on Friday November 23. The schools involved are as follows: Scoil Mhuire, Aska Girls, and Bishop Foley's.
The blitz will take place in the St. Leo's school gym, which will be decorated with Spikeball art drawn by the primary school students. All the students are looking forward to the Blitz at the end of the coaching sessions, and they hope that the primary school kids will have an amazing day of Spikeball.