Two pupils at a city school have been honoured by a national youth development organisation for being role models to younger participants.
Jonathan Power and Thomas Doyle, pupils of St Enda’s Community School, were honoured by The First Tee of Ireland, an organisation which helps children between the ages of eight and 18 master the fundamentals of golf but also “to integrate meaningful life skills that young people can use both on and off the golf course,” according to a spokesperson for the organisation.
At a special awards ceremony in St. Enda’s Community School, Jonathan and Thomas were presented with a set of golf clubs, golf shoes and a year’s junior membership to Rathbane Golf Course by John Warren, CEO of The First Tee in Ireland and John O’Sullivan, manager of Rathbane Golf Club.
Commenting on the awards, John Warren said: “Jonathan and Thomas are fine young men who have shown a willingness to embrace the values within our program and have demonstrated a desire to give back to their local community through volunteering and work experience.”
Jonathan volunteers with an after-school junior golf program at Rathbane Golf Course while Thomas gained many friends through his hard work and dedication during his work experience at Rathbane Golf Course in the summer, Mr Warren explained
“They have both progressed within the game of golf which has helped to boost their confidence and self-esteem and given them another interest outside of school,” Mr Warren added.
The two golfers have been involved in The First Tee program since 2007.
The First Tee Life Skills Experience curriculum was first introduced to St. Enda’s Community School in 2006 with the help of Ms Breda Deedigan and Ms Tina Keyes, PE teacher at St Enda’s. Since that time, hundreds of pupils have enjoyed participating in the programme which has primarily been conducted using school facilities and Rathbane Golf Course.
In recent weeks, The First Tee of Ireland has conducted a pilot series of Life Skills & Leadership Academies with 32 students from second, fifth and sixth year at St Enda’s Community School. The academies comprise team building and personal development activities linked to golf and life skill application.