Sunday 26 May 2019

Howlin outlines challenges facing schools GAA

Many challenges are facing hurling and football in the schools according to the Secretary of the Secondary Schools Committee, Donal Howlin.

Mr. Howlin outlined that the Secondary Schools committee in its current form was formed in May, 2012 with the aim of improving the standard and organisation of hurling and football in the county's secondary schools.

Referring to the challenges facing the committee he said that it is their wish that there would be a joined up approach to promoting the games in Wexford secondary schools.

By this he outlined that it would be by a club-school link having being forged and this co-operation between club personnel and teachers would have positive results.

He said that the club-school link is vital to promoting the games and it has benefits for everyone involved.

He went on to say that the Secondary Schools Committee can act as a bridge between club and the school because the first step is often the most difficult on both sides.

While speaking of the help and relationship involving clubs in Wexford town with the local CBS, he highlighted that fixtures can cause a lot of frustration for teachers especially in September and October when the junior and senior hurling championships are under way.

However, he said, most club's adopt an unhelpful policy around these months and refuse to allow the students line out with the school, even through school fixtures are brought forward to early in the week.

One club, he said, even forbids their players from doing P.E. if they have a game in the near future.

He said that there is scope for lots of improvement in the schools. He called on everyone to work together to achieve that improvement.

New Ross Standard