Bit O'Red teaming up with Sligo Leitrim Youth League
Published 11/03/2014 | 05:40
Sligo Rovers and the Sligo Leitrim Youth League have teamed up to provide greater links between the two organisations.
Under the partnership, Rovers coaching staff and players will visit local clubs for training sessions, photo opportunities and autograph signing.
The initiative will also involve under-age teams from local clubs becoming guests of honour on match nights at the Showgrounds. During their visit to home games, the young players will act as ball-boys, take part in five-a-side games at half-time and have their photographs taken with non-plahying squad members.
St. John's FC were the first club involved in the initiative.
Rovers manager, Ian Baraclough, and players, Alan Keane and Raffaele Cretaro, visited theclub's training session last week and the St. John's under-age teams were guests of honour for last Saturday's game against Athlone at the Showgrounds.
The novel idea is part of Rovers' continuing commitment to foster stronger links in the community.
Under-age teams will be guests of honour at each of Rovers home games this season.
Clubs taking part in the initiative are St. John's, Gurteen Celtic, Arrow Harps, Ballymote, Strand Celtic, Coolaney, Boyle Celtic, Western Rovers, Real Tubber, Benbulben FC, Manor Rangers, Dromore Villa, Kilglass/Enniscrone, Yeats United, Valley Rovers, Merville, Ballygawley, Calry, Ballisodare and Carrick Town.