IT Sligo and GAA give grad­u­ates in­tro­duc­tion to work­ing life

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT - By EMMA GAL­LAGHER

A new grad­u­ate pro­gramme be­tween IT Sligo and Sligo GAA is giv­ing stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to work for a year coach­ing young play­ers through­out the county. Af­ter fin­ish­ing their Busi­ness Sport and Re­cre­ac­tion course, the grad­u­ates come work with Sligo GAA for the year. It’s an ini­tia­tive that’s been work­ing well for ev­ery­one says Sligo GAA Games Man­ager Liam ÓG Gorm­ley. He ex­plained how it works. “Last year Tommy Kelly came on board with us for the first year. The pro­gramme is for guys that are fin­ish­ing col­lege, 4th year in the IT, we give them a year’s ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing . So it helps them with get­ting jobs into the fu­ture, where a lot of em­ploy­ers are look­ing for ex­pe­ri­ence. A lot don’t have that so we of­fer them an op­por­tu­nity to come work­ing with us. We’ve Aaron Bres­lin and Tommy with us this year. We’re cov­er­ing all our pri­mary schools with a 7-week block be­fore Christ­mas and an 8-week block af­ter Christ­mas so all the schools will be cov­ered. Tommy works ththe North Divi­sion side of gives t things, them and the Aaron op­por­tu­niis in the West. The pro­gramme is go­ing very well, the two guys are fan­tas­tic and it tyty to learn and im­prove or help­ing them on up­skillining. Both are work­ing on ththeir Con­nacht Strength and Con­di­tion­ing Pro­gramme at the mo­ment,” Liam Óg said. An­other bonus is the fact the coaches are get­ting a steady wage too. “It’s a paid pro­gramme for the year and it’s bril­liant for us be­cause it al­lows us in­stead of hav­ing two foot­ball guys on the ground now we’ve four. The other mas­sive plus for us is that they’re linked into clubs, they’re linked into coach ed­u­ca­tion, they’re linked into squads. They’re us­ing the skills they’re learn­ing back in their own clubs too. Both are still play­ing foot­ball and that’s help­ing their foot­ball too, I know Tommy had a great year with St John’s, Aaron won their League up in Done­gal as well. When they’re coach­ing, it im­proves their own foot­ball as well but from our side of things, it means we have more sup­port on the ground.

“The link with IT Sligo and the Sport and Re­cre­ation course with Roddy Gaynor is a mas­sive plus, be­cause it means you’ve got guys that are in­ter­ested in sport and they want to look into whether a ca­reer in sport or work­ing in sport while do­ing a dif­fer­ent ca­reer, they want to get in­volved in sport from that side of things.

“In all fair­ness the two boys have been a breath of fresh air and bring in a new bit of life.” Liam Óg said the pro­gramme’s plans are to keep one grad­u­ate on each year. “The place­ment year will be com­ing back in the IT next year so we’ll have to look and see. If we can come up with an­other small bit of fund­ing, we might look at keep­ing the sec­ond grad­u­ate along with the pro­gramme. Hav­ing the link with the IT is a mas­sive sup­port,” Liam Óg added.

Coaches Tommy Kelly and Aaron Bres­lin in Scar­den with the young foot­ballers. Both are grad­u­ates from IT Sligo. Pics: Donal Hack­ett.

Sligo GAA Games Man­ager, Liam Óg Gorm­ley.

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