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Biggest ever Academy class celebrates "Club of the Year" honour

posted 30 Nov 2013, 04:29 by Skerries Harps   [ updated 30 Nov 2013, 04:32 ]
The parents of this year's hugely successful Saturday morning Academy class were treated to a rousing full-time speech by Denis Forde today. He was celebrating the fact that Skerries Harps has won "Dublin Juvenile Club of the Year 2013".

"Skerries Harps is the best small club in Dublin in which to play hurling and football," said Denis, who helped to introduce hurling to the club twelve years ago. "We have made huge strides in those years and these children can look forward to becoming the senior stars of the future."

Denis thanked the huge dedication of the coaches who give up their time to coach the children every Saturday morning, as well as full-time coaches Stephen Fitzgerald and Johnny Beggs. 

This term's Academy, which aims to teach young children the basics of Gaelic football and hurling in a fun and friendly environment, was the most successful ever. More than 150 young GAA players signed up in September and have been improving their skills ever since. 

The club's full time Games Promotion Officer, Stephen Fitzgerald said that he was absolutely delighted with the progress made this term. 

"We have had great turnouts every Saturday morning and it is great to see. We are looking forward to getting back to it in January already!" said Stephen.

The next term of the Academy, which will be football only, will begin on Saturday January 17th and there will be a registration night in advance of that. Watch the website and Facebook for details. 

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