Hurling 365 has really taken off

Published 18/03/2014 | 05:38

BALLYMURN NATIONAL School is one of 32 schools participating in the Hurling 365 school-club link around Wexford at the minute, with over 70 students being coached in the school twice a week.

BALLYMURN NATIONAL School is one of 32 schools participating in the Hurling 365 school-club link around Wexford at the minute, with over 70 students being coached in the school twice a week.

It begins at 8.30 a.m., almost an hour before school starts, with Senior infants to second class on a Tuesday morning and third to sixth classes on a Thursday morning.

Ballymurn National School through teacher Willie Cleary has pioneered this unique initiative that brings together our schools and local G.A.A. clubs.

This is partnering teachers and volunteers from the clubs on a weekly basis in a structured, fun and accessible way to introduce and develop the skills of hurling.

Schools currently up and running are:

Piercestown and Murrintown (St. Martin's); Mayglass (Our Lady's Island/St. Fintan's); Wexford C.B.S. (Faythe Harriers); Ballymurn and Crossabeg (Crossabeg-Ballymurn); Oulart (Oulart-The Ballagh); Ballyroebuck (Askamore); Ballythomas and Kilanerin (Ballyfad); Loreto Gorey (Naomh Eanna); Rosslare and Kilrane (St. Mary's, Rosslare); Kilmore (Kilmore); Danescastle (Bannow-Ballymitty); Monageer (Monageer-Boolavogue); St. Aidan's (Rapparees); Rathnure (Rathnure); St. Iberius (St. John's Volunteers); Mercy John's Road (St. John's Volunteers); St. Ibar's, Castlebridge (Shelmaliers); Carrowreigh (Taghmon-Camross); Castletown (Castletown-Liam Mellows); Horeswood (Horeswood); Ballindaggin, Caim and Kiltealy (Duffry Rovers); Rathgarogue and Cushinstown (Rathgarogue-Cushinstown); Ballycanew (St. Patrick's); Ballygarrett and Riverchapel (Ballygarrett).

Approximately 1,200 children per week are participating in additional hurling coaching. Schools with in excess of 75 children participating are Horeswood, Crossabeg, Ballymurn, Kilmore, Rosslare and New Ross.

Gear is supplied through a €500 grant or through bulk purchase, and this includes helmets, standard and indoor hurls, first touch, smart touch and quick touch size 4 and wall balls, cones, bibs, bean bags, bean balls and floor markers.

An additional 50 volunteer coaches approximately are involved, along with in the region of 60 teachers who were not involved before.

In total, 66 schools applied and were granted additional approval. By the end of February, almost 40 schools will be active.

Other schools and clubs have not yet accessed the €500 or bulk purchase, or they have not provided enough information to be activated.

All decisions on approval rest with a working group set up by the Hurling Advisory committee. The members are Liam Griffin (H.A.C.), Willie Cleary and Jim Dempsey (Rackard League), Justin Browne and Joe Carroll (Supporters' Club, Dublin).

Hurling 365 is funded by the Hickey Family Fund and it is a hurling-only project at the moment.

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