Press Release Ryan Feeney (Public Relations Officer)- Club Derry e-mail: email@example.com Tel: 07920528790 Information on City Banquet/City Oaks Grass Roots Development Programme. Club Derry support Derry City Grass roots development programme On Friday 12th of May the Tower Hotel in Derry City will play host to the first Derry City GAA banquet. Club Derry, County Derry’s Fundraising organisation have organised the Banquet with the support of local businesses to raise funds for the city coaching and games development programme. Pundit and all-Ireland medallist Joe Brolly will be the guest speaker at the evening sponsored by Mickey Kelly Construction and Albert Fry and Associates. The banquet marks the second successful year of the City Urban development programme headed by District GAA Development Officer and Armagh all-Ireland Medallist Barry O’Hagan. The six clubs in the city have been part of an Ulster Council pilot programme designed to assist and development Gaelic Games in urban areas. By June 2006 the City will have a full-time Gaelic Games Promotion Officer a post that has been created through a strategic partnership with the Derry City Council and Derry County Board GAA. When appointed the new GPO will coach Gaelic Games throughout the schools and clubs of the city. County Chairman Seamus McCloy highlighted the success of the ongoing project “The County Board are fully committed to the development of Gaelic Games in Derry’s largest urban area and hope to continue our successful alliance with the Derry City Council and Ulster Council GAA” For information on the evening or Club Derry please view www.derry.gaa.ie ‘City Oaks’ Grassroots Development Squad This project is about developing the game in the city at a grassroots level and is based at Celtic Park, Derry GAA’s County ground. This squad comprises of boys and girls, 7-11 years of age from the entire city area. They are coached by qualified coaches from each of the Gaelic clubs in the area and by the Urban Gaelic Games Promotion Officer for Derry City. This squad meets for structured training every 4-6 weeks and their base is Celtic Park. The idea behind this initiative is to raise the standard of performance in Gaelic Games within the city area. Quality coaching will be provided to the boys and girls and they will play challenge/exhibition matches with other teams throughout Ulster and Ireland. The children participating will hopefully develop a sense of identity with the project and ultimately a sense of identity representing their family, club, school and city in Gaelic games. The only prerequisite is the children must be registered with a city club, and that clubs’ coaches are participating. The club coaches are also trained up with the latest coaching techniques within the sport. The idea behind this initiative is that children and coaches taking part will be able to bring their experience back to their individual clubs and thus improve the standard within each of the clubs in the city. This will then hopefully lead to a rise in the overall standard of performance within the Derry City area. The boys and girls involved taking part wear a new specially designed and unique kit for the squad. (Sponsored by Club Derry and the Tower Hotel in the City). We would welcome all parents in the city area to come out and support the scheme and encourage their children to get involved in the programme. I would like to thank the 6 city clubs involved in the programme and in particular the coaches from each of the clubs who actively participate in the scheme. Also a word of thanks to Club Derry and the Tower Hotel for their help and support.
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