New Limerick hurling tournament organised by Ardscoil Ris 'Future Leaders'

Jerome O'Connell

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New Limerick hurling tournament organised by Ardscoil Ris ‘Future Leaders'

Ardscoil Ris Future Leader coordinator Niall Crowe

ARDSCOIL RIS students have organised and U-17 ½ hurling tournament for next Tuesday April 24 as part of their ‘Future Leaders Transition Year Programme’.

The tournament will be hosted in LIT with seven Post Primary Schools taking part – Ardscoil Ris, Castletroy College, John the Baptist Hospital, Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa Doon, St Clements, Charleville CBS and Presentation College Athenry.

Action gets underway at 10.30 with each time guaranteed four games, including group games and a seeded final. The finals are set for 2.00 and 2.30.

“The ‘Future Leaders Transition Year Programme’ is a joint initiative from the GAA and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST),” explained Ardscoil Ris teacher Niall Crowe, who is the school's Future Leaders coordinator.

“It is a cross-curricular programme comprising of a series of modules designed to encourage maturity, initiative, responsibility and leadership skills in pupils. The programme gives pupils the knowledge and skills to support all roles required in the effective staging of Gaelic Games. As part of the programme pupils are challenged to organise and run a tournament,” he outlined.

“There are eight different modules and each school has to undertake four – we have taken coaching, journalism, wellness and event management, which sees us organise this tournament,” explained Crowe.

“Ardscoil Ris are one of 40 schools in this pilot programme and we have 29 students involved.”

The games will be 12-minutes a side with a few novel rules changes, including puckouts must go beyond the 45metre line, lineballs are from the hand and the player fouled must take the free.

“We have got a lot of good will from the other schools and we hope that while the game will be competitive they will not be ultra competitive. They are U-17 ½ and most likely an ideal chance to look at players for next year’s Harty Cup teams.”