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Coaching Days



Once again The Irish News is delighted to announce that it is teaming up with O'Neills Sportswear and St Mary's University College to promote its ever popular ‘GAA School Coaching Days’ initiative.

School children from across Northern Ireland have benefitted from these hugely successful specialist training sessions, as well as winning free balls, training bibs and sports markers upon entering the competition.

The scheme aims to get as many children as possible involved in Gaelic Games whilst promoting exercise under the watchful eye of some top-class GAA coaches.

The competition commenced on Friday, 19th October and will run for eight weeks until Saturday, 8th December.

Schools are required to collect twenty-five tokens that will be printed daily in The Irish News until the finish date. These tokens are then to be stuck onto The Irish News collector cards and posters, which have proven to be a great way to get children involved in the collection process on behalf of their school.


Irish News is teaming up with O'Neills Sportswear and St Mary's University College to promote its ever popular ‘GAA School Coaching Days’ initiative


There are no limits on the number of times a school can submit an entry, and the winner will be chosen at random from all entries received by The Irish News.

As well as being offered the chance to win a GAA coaching session, collected tokens can also be exchanged for new training gear.

Level one marks the collection of twenty-five collector cards and offers the chance to win an O'Neills ball and fifteen training bibs. Level two marks the collection of fifty collector cards with the chance of winning an O'Neills ball, fifty training bibs and fifty sports markers. All schools can register for the competition online and can download the collector cards and posters at www.irishnews.com/coachingdays.



Kieran Kennedy, managing director of O'Neills Sportswear, is delighted to be teaming up with The Irish News once more to promote this highly-successful campaign which is supported by a fantastic coaching staff. He said:

"O'Neills sportswear are delighted to partner The Irish News in promoting Gaelic Games in schools in conjunction with St Mary's University College.

This is a very worthwhile campaign by all parties involved and we are delighted to have such high-quality coaches to take part in such an important exercise."

John Brolly, Irish News marketing manager, recognises the importance of these coaching days, not only in improving the health and skills of school children, but in promoting the GAA in general. He said:

"We hope this initiative and our coaching sessions will, once again, not only provide a great day for the children, but also offer encouragement for everyone to become involved in Gaelic Games.

Exercise is an important part of the day for children and the schools, teachers and children will all benefit from the high-quality sessions provided by St Mary's coaches."

Irish News sports editor Thomas Hawkins is always very encouraged by the support and response the competition garners.

"It's always a popular initiative and schools really get behind it," he said.

"It provides an opportunity for schools to get behind their children in a fun-filled sports event.”