- Thursday January 21st, 2010 @ 7:09
INCHICORE SCHOOL KICKS OFF ST PATâ€™S CHALLENGE
Students from Our Lady of Lourdes School in Inchicore are the latest group to face the St Pat's Soccer Challenge and began their first coaching session in the VEC Sports Complex across from the club on Monday.
Students at the school were first visited by St Pat's player Noel Haverty and club promotions officer Declan White.
Noel Haverty told the class how he grew up playing schoolboy soccer with Clane in Co Kildare before joining St Pat's U-15's and making the breakthrough to the first team three years ago.
His advice to the young boys and girls starting the challenge was to simply go out and enjoy it -â€śit's not about being the best in the class, it's about enjoying football and giving it your bestâ€ť.
The weekly soccer coaching sessions are run by a qualified St Pat's coach and the students are encouraged to develope their soccer skills in a fun but challenging way.
At the end of the course each student receives a certificate in recognition of their efforts as well as a mini season ticket book to attend the opening League of Ireland games at Richmond Park for the coming season.
Over 13 schools have now taken on the challenge and it is expected that through their Soccer Challenge, St Pat's will deliver community coaching to over 700 local children before the start of the 2010 season.