Saint Francis School, in Southgate Avenue, became the first school in Crawley to provide Hurling coaching to its primary school pupils last Monday 3rd December. The training day, provided by London GAA coach Grainne O’Sullivan, was the first of its kind provided to pupils in Crawley.
The training day was funded by the Celtic & Irish Cultural Society and follows an primary school introduction to Gaelic Football that took place during the 2007 Crawley Fleadh.
The coaching lesson was a primary introduction to the sport and focused on the skills also relevant to the sport of Hockey – a descendant of Ireland’s Hurling and Scotland’s Shinty.
Chairman of the CICS, John Nolan commented:
“The Irish are rightly proud of their sporting tradition and Gaelic Games remains the most popular sports in Ireland. We wish to extend the reach of the sport, in association with the London Gaelic Athletic Association, by helping local schools to deliver team sports that all the community can enjoy”.
Back in 2006, the CICS also funded Gaelic Football coaching at Saint Wilfred’s School and the society is keen to expand coaching into other schools.
Interested schools around Crawley can contact the Celtic and Irish Cultural Society for more information by visiting www.celtic-irish.co.uk