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Saturday 23 June 2018

New GAA initiative aims to tackle teenage drop out rates

Members of Clonard Volunteers taking part in Gaelic4teens training
Members of Clonard Volunteers taking part in Gaelic4teens training

The amalgamated ladies football club ClonardVolunteer was recently selected to participate in a new initiative from Croke Park aimed at promoting the sport amongst teenagers, where the drop-out rate has been traditionally high.

The club is one of just 15 to take part in the 'National Ladies Football Gaelic4teens' programme, which was developed off the back of statistics showing high drop out rates in girls aged 15 onwards. The programme hopes to retain existing players while recruiting new ones.

Club PRO Suzanne Brennan said: 'ClonardVols is looking forward to developing this programe. Four of our coaches attended a national coaching day in Maynooth recently where they learnt new skills to pass on to teams in the coming weeks. The girls will then attend a national blitz/coaching day in Abbottstown Dublin in May.'

She added: 'This is a fantastic opportunity for any young girl who would like to play ladies gaelic football, or for any girl who dropped out in recent years, to come along and join in the fun.'

Gaelic4teens training takes place on Wednesday evenings in the CBS Sports Hall from 8 to 9 p.m., and on Saturday mornings from 10.30 to 11.30 a.m. at the Volunteers' pitch in Pairc Charman. For more information, contact Suzanne on 086 606 3488.

Wexford People