As part of their Future Leaders programme, Transition Year students organised and ran a First Year football blitz last week, availing of the good weather to hold their coaching session followed by a series of games, with the winning team receiving the Ciaran Byrne First Year Perpetual Cup.
The Future Leaders Transition Year Programme is a joint initiative from the GAA and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It is a cross-curricular programme comprising of a series of modules designed to encourage maturity, initiative, responsibility and leadership skills in pupils. The Programme gives pupils the knowledge and skills to support all roles required in the effective staging of Gaelic Games. As part of the programme, pupils are challenged to organise and run a GAA Super Games Blitz for younger students and support coaching of younger players in their school.
In conjunction with teacher Mr Simon Kelly, the students organised a full day’s activities for all First-Year classes. With this year’s First Year students holding a Connacht Title, it was clear that there was going to be some great talent on the pitch throughout the day, and they did not disappoint! It was also a lovely way to remember our recently deceased and much loved colleague who gave so much to the CBS, but in particular who dedicated his time and energy into nurturing football within the school at all levels. Well done to all teams and to the TYs for the skills and leadership demonstrated on the day, as well as to Mr Kelly for organising.