Bernard Brogan claims some parents use the GAA as a babysitting service at the weekends
Published 13/02/2014 | 12:42
Dubs All Star winner Bernard Brogan has said kids who progress in the sport are the ones who have their parents at the sidelines for their training.
The Dublin forward, who has two All Ireland medals, told The Herald that his own parents were always present when he and his brothers trained and he believes it waves that played a part in his success.
"Mam and Dad were always at the side of the pitch, and it was something you'd notice as there were only ever about three sets of parents there.
"Some people use football as a babysitting service, sending their child there on a Saturday morning and enjoying the break until they got home in the afternoon, but the people who progress to the heights are usually the ones who have their parents there, supporting them.
"I'd be a firm believer in parents getting behind their children and going out to watch them play."
The name Brogan has become synonymous with Dublin GAA, as Bernard's dad, Bernard senior, is a former three-time All-Ireland winner, while his uncle Jim won two championships.
His older brother Alan and younger brother Paul have also played for the Dubs, as has his cousin and business partner, James Brogan.
Bernard admits he feels the pressure already for Dublin to hold onto the Sam Maguire again this summer.
"I always think it's amazing to be there in front of the crowd, and knowing that I am where I wanted to be when I was a kid," he says.
" The stakes are so high when you are in an All-Ireland final or semi-final, with 80,000 people present and a million and a half people watching at home. It's a nervy place, but if you have done the preparations, it's a lot easier."