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Monday 21 April 2014

Gaelic4Girls helps little stars to shine brightly

n Sarah Mahoney receiving her medal from Cork Ladies Under 16 footballer Danielle O’Connor.

THE Gaelic4Girls Programme which was hosted by Knocknagree Ladies Football Club was deemed a great success with many of the participants signing up as fully fledged new members of this very successful Ladies team.

 

Held at the Knocknagree GAA grounds over recent weeks, the programme targeted girls from 9 - 13 years old who were not already members of any team, and introduced them to the sport in a fun environment. They learned the basic skills of Gaelic football and then got the chance to demonstrate their new found skills through a series of mini games.

The programme concluded with a presentation ceremony of t-shirts and certificates to all participants, which was attended by parents, coaches, and members of Knocknagree Ladies Football team.

Co-coordinator Catherine Ring, addressing those present, said; "It is clear that this programme was a fantastic initiative from the consistently high attendance every week and the enthusiasm shown by all was a joy to behold and bodes well for the future of Ladies Football in Knocknagree".

Some of the girls who took part in the programme shared their experiences with the Corkman. "When I joined I didn't really like football", Maggie Moynihan said, "but I love it now because of this programme".

Aoife O'Riordan thought "it was really good fun and not too intense. I will probably join the team now".

Eva Moynihan, meanwhile, said that over the eight weeks she "had a great time and learned that even if you make a mistake, you can try again".

The girls are now looking forward to the National Gaelic4Girls Programme in Croke Park on July 15.

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