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Dublin GAA football players spend day training local school children at Annual REACH Sports Day

25 March 2010

Dublin GAA players Tomás Quinn, Eamonn Fennell and Kevin McMenamin took time out of their busy schedules today to train approximately 100 boys and girls from St. Enda’s PS, Whitefriar Street, Dublin and PresentationCollege, Warrenmount, Dublin. The event enabled school children aged 8 to 10 years of age, to develop and brush up on their football skills as part of the REACH RCSI Sports Day.

Pictured are from (l-r) are Shannon McDonald, Samuel Himel, Megan Sherlock, Collins Melekwe and Ryan O'Rourke from St. Enda's PS, Whitefriar Street, Dublin with Royal College of Surgeons Students; Emily Dunne, Aline Rau, Mark Gleeson, Osama Kandalaft, Akshay Padku and Mohd Faheen

REACH RCSI is a recreational, education and community health outreach programme at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). The programme is aimed at encouraging and facilitating third level participation and enhancing life chances for those traditionally underrepresented at third level, particularly those from the South Inner City.

Pictured is Shannon McDonald (11) from St. Enda's PS, Whitefriar Street, Dublin

Dr. Terry McWade, Deputy CEO of RCSI and Chairman of the REACH RCSI programme said “This is a fantastic opportunity for the school children to develop and improve their football skills in a fun environment. Spending a day with local Dublin football heroes can only encourage young people in our community to develop a greater interest in sport and health, which is one of the main objectives of the REACH programme.”

Pictured are Kevin McMenamin, Dublin GAA player with Kirsty Maher and Charlie Kelly (10) from St. Enda's PS, Whitefriar Street, Dublin

The annual REACH RCSI Sports Day which aims to raise awareness and promote life-long recreation and community health, was organised by REACH project manager Maria Kelly with 30 RCSI students and staff also on hand to help run the event. In addition to the football coaching by the GAA players, it was an action packed day of events, including 5-A-Side soccer, egg and spoon races, an obstacle course and relay races.

Pictured is Collins Melekwe (8) from St. Enda's PS, Whitefriar Street, Dublin

Established in 2007, REACH promotes Recreation, Education and Community Health. The programme works in partnership with primary and post primary schools, youth and community groups together with the local community on the design and delivery of educational initiatives including Homework Clubs, Science Workshop and Education Information Service.

Pictured are Dublin GAA players:Tomas Quinn, Eamonn Fennell and Kevin McMenamin  with students from St. Enda's PS, Whitefriar Street, Dublin.