YOUNG footballers across Ulster will have the opportunity to learn from some of the province’s outstanding Gaelic football superstars this summer at the All-Star School of Football.
The exciting initiative, sponsored in its inaugural year by Armagh-based company T-Met, is the brainchild of five of Ulster’s leading footballing lights, with Derry’s Paddy Bradley, Armagh’s Ronan Clarke, Antrim’s Paddy Cunningham, Tyrone’s Brian McGuigan and Down’s Benny Coulter bringing the elite football schools to venues across the province in August.
In order to provide the opportunity to attend one of the three-day schools to as many young players as possible, the quintet have selected four venues to give a full geographical spread of the province.
The first school takes place at Creggan Kickhams, Antrim, from August 13 through to 15, while Mayobridge GAC in Down, Ardboe GAC in Tyrone, St Mary’s CBGS Belfast and Pearse Ogs GAC in Armagh will each host a three-day school of football from Monday August 20 through to Wednesday August 22.
The schools are open to all young players aged 13-17 who wish to improve their own game and to receive expert coaching from some of the game’s brightest stars.
What makes this project different is that it will be the players and coaches who have operated at the very highest level of the game who will be passing on their knowledge, answering questions from those in attendance, and passing on some of the tips they have picked up over their many years of inter-county action.
The cost of participation is £40 per head, and at the end of the three days each of the young players will receive a kit as part of an All Star School of Football pack, designed and manufactured by KIT Ireland.
Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) which encourages the cardiac screening of sports people, particularly young sportsmen and sportswomen, has been selected as the official charity of the All Star School of Football, and it is their logo which will be emblazoned on the kit being used and distributed over the summer and in doing so raise awareness of the charity.
Gaelic Life, as official media partners of the events, will be offering a range of prizes in the coming weeks while the website at www.gaeliclife.com will also be a hub for information, photos and multimedia coverage of the events.
Further information on the All Star School of Football and an application form for participation is available by sending an enquiry to a dedicated email address firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of Gaelic Life’s partnership with the All Star School of Football, we’re offering one Ulster club the opportunity to host a free taster coaching session.
The prize will see the All Star School of Football visit one lucky club on Saturday July 6, for a four-hour coaching session which will cover some of the specialist coaching areas from the All Star School of Football.
For the chance to win this prize for your club, simply complete the following statement in less than 30 words...
“I believe my club deserves the All Star School of Football coaching taster day because....”
The All Star School of Football coaches will choose the winning entry, with the closing date for applications 12 noon on Friday June 30. The winning club will be notified later that evening and will host the All Star School of Football taster day the following weekend, for up to 50 underage players aged 12-17.
Entries can be made by emailing email@example.com by tweeting us @gaelic_life or by leaving a message on our Facebook wall at www.facebook.com/gaeliclife