Bord na Móna and Kildare GAA have today announced a partnership agreement which will see sponsorship of the Bord na Móna Lily Óg Development Programme. This is a player developmental project primarily driven by Kildare GAA’s Bord na nÓg’s North and South Boards and focusses on U12 Footballers and Hurlers within the county. It centres on the establishment of eight (8) football schools comprising 208 players and four (4) hurling schools comprising 88 players who then receive regional coaching from volunteer club coaches and a number of centralised coaching sessions from Kildare GAA’s Coaching and Games Staff, led by former inter county star Johnny Doyle.
In what is a very exciting development for Bord na Móna, Pat Fitzgerald, said; “The Bord na Móna Lily Óg programme is the latest initiative by Bord na Móna to further cement our links with the people of Kildare and Kildare GAA. We have a long and distinguished history in delivering for these communities down through the years and we will continue to do so into the future. Aside from the rich benefits of the advanced coaching that will be on offer, Bord na Móna are delighted to come on board to an initiative that will see 12 year olds across the County get active, get fit and improve their overall health which is so important in the world of today.”
The centralised coaching sessions culminate in a festival of football and hurling on designated dates over the summer/autumn in Kildare’s Centre of Excellence, Hawkfield.
Commenting at the launch, Cormac Kirwan, Kildare GAA, said; “This is a very natural fit for both organisations. Everybody across the County knows the value Bord na Móna has brought to the people of the Midlands down through the years. This partnership demonstrates real confidence by them in the future of Kildare GAA and we are delighted to have them come on board with us in what is a very positive step for all concerned.”