ANTRIM are set to roll out a new school GAA initiative which launches next Wednesday at St Mary’s University College Belfast.
In a pilot scheme, Post Primary Schools will participate in a number of Year 8 blitzes – football and hurling – over several weeks and split into cup and shield competitions.
It will be providing game opportunities for players with varied experiences, skills and abilities in a safe and developmentally focused environment.
Over 20 schools and 2,000 pupils will be taking part in games, developing and enhancing their physical, social and mental well-being.
This will give players and coaches the chance to compete at a level similar to the MacRory and MacLarnon Cup competitions.
“This is a pilot scheme aimed at Year 8,” outlined Alfie Hannaway of Gaelfast, who will have their coaches involved.
“We will have blitzes running on three days during September (14th, 21st and 28th) with the knock-out stages under lights on a Friday night.
“The Year 9 players will have their own competition through Ulster Schools and we will then have a competition for Year 10.”
Guests are welcome at the launch at 10.30am on Wednesday September 7 at St Marys College Belfast.
There will be a short presentation with a few guest speakers to highlight the plans for and benefits of the new venture.