Friday 22 March 2019

Kids learn new sports in 'Own Your Own Skills' Camp at Fingallians

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Henry Boyde at the Own Your Skills Camp in Fingallians GAA
Henry Boyde at the Own Your Skills Camp in Fingallians GAA

Young Fingal sports enthusiasts took part in the Fingallians GAA 'Own Your Own Skills Camp' recently, which saw children between the age of four and twelve leave their comfort zone to try out new sports, make some friends, and learn some valuable sports skills along the way.

Organised by secondary school teachers Amy McGuinness, Nikki Fitzgerald and Aoife O'Reilly, the skills camp runs for three days every mid-term in Fingallians, and has doubled in size the first camp was held in February 2018.

Speaking with the noise of excited children in the background, Amy explained how the camp works:

'It's a multi-sport camp for kids between four and twelve years of age, and we're a year now set up in Fingallians. We've a range of sports like javelin, athletics, badminton, volleyball, soccer, tennis, dance, etc. - any sport you can think of. We don't do gaelic sports because there's a lot of clubs in the area that cater for that.

'It's for anybody around the Fingal area, so we have kids coming from Killester, Ballyboughal, Balbiggan, Swords - not necessarily Fingallians members, just kids from all around the area.'

Amy said herself and Nikki saw an opening for a multi-sport camp that would allow kids to get a taste for sports on the secondary school curriculum before they actually go to secondary school. The camp, she said, gives children the opportunity to develop skills and 'get a taste' for a range of sports they may never have tried before.

She said: 'The camp is going great, we've over eighty kids for this one, and we would've started off with forty, so we've doubled in a year, They're doing a sports day here at the moment here, so it's very busy but it's great. It just gives the kids the chance to try out different sports, because there's nothing like that in the area.'

Fingal Independent