After 6 weeks of coaching the Ladies Cúchulainn Programme came to a conclusion yesterday with a fun blitz being played in Sherrys Field in Armagh.
The programme which is aimed at children who have had little exposure to the GAA allowed children from St Catherines College and the Royal School in Armagh to come together once a week to learn the skills of the game through fun games and activities. Under the guidance of Active Communities coach Roisin OHagan 15 girls from each school certainly picked up many skills which they showed off at the blitz and the enjoyment they experienced as a result was plain to see.
Speaking at the blitz Sheena Tally, Ulster GAA’s Ladies Football Development Officer said “The girls have come on fantastically well over the past 6weeks. I was with them on the first week of the programme when many of them had never even witnessed a game of Gaelic never mind played. Today they were able to perform most of the skills of the game and seemed to really enjoy learning about it.”
Maura Kelly, Community Development Officer with Ulster GAA said, “Its great to see the girls from both schools working so well together and forging new friendships. This pilot in Armagh has proven to be a great success and I hope that we can build on it in the future.”
After the blitz all 30 girls and their teachers were presented with t-shirts as a momento of their experience in the Cúchulainn Cup. Pictured are the girls from St Catherines and Armagh Royal School at the blitz.