Ballinagar ‘day out’ the template to get children to games

A contribution by Ballinagar delegate Padraig Gallagher could lead to greater opportunities for children in the county to get to see more games in O’Connor Park.

A contribution by Ballinagar delegate Padraig Gallagher could lead to greater opportunities for children in the county to get to see more games in O’Connor Park.

Mr Gallagher told the meeting how Ballinagar GAA club had brought 30 lads to O’Connor Park for the league game between Offaly and Sligo. He said that the group had had a memorable day but he noted that 16 of the 30 had never seen Offaly play before.

He thanked Alan Mulhall and Martin Boland for their help in organising the day and he said more clubs should be bringing their young players to games.

Chairman Pat Teehan agreed said that ‘we were not thinking outside the box’ adding that there was an incorrect assumption that children were going to games.

Mr Gallagher explained that the young Ballinagar players had gotten autographs and their picture taken with the team and he said it had meant a lot to them.

Rhode’s Joe Masterson said Ballinagar’s day should be used as a template to ‘fill O’Connor Park with young lads’.

Coaching Officer Pat Cleary said it was the intention to get out this information to clubs.