Pupils from Coláiste Éamann Rís, St Kieran’s College and Kilkenny CBS were among those who took part in a hurling blitz organised by the Sport and Exercise students at the Institute of Technology Carlow last week.
The primary purpose of the blitz was to provide first year students in secondary schools across Carlow, Laois, Kilkenny, Wicklow, Wexford and Kildare with a five-week block of coaching in hurling or football.
One of the major objectives of the project was to ensure the selection of players is not based on ability, but instead to allow children that received coaching an opportunity to represent their school.
Donal McNally, Sports and Exercise tutor at IT Carlow said:
“The day was a huge success. It brought together up to 150 first year students from secondary schools across the province to exhibit some of the many skills they had been taught by students on the BA Sport and Exercise (GAA) course at IT Carlow.
“Some of these young players were playing the game and representing their school for the first time and we hope that the enjoyment they received from the experience will spur them on to continue to represent their schools and local clubs in the years ahead.”
The Institute of Technology Carlow is the only third level Institute in the country to offer a BA in Sports and Exercise. Students of this course can specialize in either GAA, Rugby or Soccer.