THE ‘Street Games’ initiative rolled out for the second year as part of the work of the Shane Geoghegan Trust has been hailed as a major success by organisers, with more than 300 children taking part in three centres across Limerick this summer.
Building on the success of last year’s initiative, which was held in Kilteragh, the estate where Shane lived and was murdered in a case of mistaken identity in 2008, organisers expanded the gamesto also take place on the all weather pitch in Moyross and in Young Munsters RFC over the last six weeks.
The objective of Street Games is to “deliver sports activity in the community, ensuring that it is delivered in the right place, in a style to engage young people who do not warm to more traditional opportunities”, according to Ciara McInerney of Street Games, who said that both parents and children were “delighted” both to see the popular initiative return this year.
“They really enjoy being involved and the kids were thrilled,” explained Ciara, noting that about 100 kids took part in Kilteragh alone last year. That number was up to 120 this year, with the rest taking part in the other centres.
“It was great that we saw some of the same faces who couldn’t wait to be involved again. We even had kids coming from Clarina and Mungret, the word is getting out there. We would certainly hope to roll it out again next year,” she explained.
Ciara paid tribute to the local volunteers and coaches from the FAI and GAA, without whom the programme would have been impossible to run.
“It couldn’t happen without their support and help, and they all took part. We had a lot of volunteers and a lot of people who knew Shane got involved, which is fantastic as well.”