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Drop-off rate lower – Leamy

DUBLIN Colleges camogie is winning the battle, according to county Colleges chief, Mark Leamy.

"The drop-off rate of people playing the game in secondary school over the last few years was high," reveals Mark.

"The teenage years are busy ones. There is so much going on. Girls have such a choice of activity, especially in Dublin. It is not as bad in the rural areas.

"But we feel now that we are counter-acting the drop-off rate to some degree. It's important that we keep going. We need to keep children active and involved in sport. We'd love to see them remain in camogie, but the most crucial thing is that they stay active and keep fit."

Mark praises the colleges community. "Many of the people bringing out teams in the schools are also doing it for their club and even county," he says.

"The input of principals, deputy principals and school managers is critical. And so is the help of the teachers who don't take out a team, but who cover a class for the person that does. It just wouldn't happen without that kind of co-operation. All of these people do it so that the children can play. It perhaps starts with the family who have a GAA tradition in the home. Or maybe it begins with new people coming into an area and seeking to get involved. There is no better way than the GAA."

Mark adds that the achievement of three Dublin colleges reaching All-Ireland finals this season augurs well. "It was fantastic. It's a real step up for Dublin and it's looking good for the future," he says.