Participants at the week-long St Pat's soccer summer school were delighted to receive their end of course certificates today from Saints striker Vinny Faherty and from midfielder Gareth Coughlan.
Coughlan who is recovering from a double leg fracture received many enquiries from the young Saints fans present about his injury and he updated the group on his recovery progress:
“I've been back walking for the last week and a half, I've started to put a bit of pressure on the leg again and it seems to be holding up well.
I hope to get the all clear from the hospital on the 22nd July and then get some physio work on the leg and get back doing some light jogging.
I need to try and build up the leg muscle so I've being doing a bit of work in the swimming pool lately.
Pete and the lads on the team have been in touch every few days, ringing me and keeping me involved with the club which has been great.
Although with some of them the initial sympathy soon turned to slagging – they were telling me my name has already been taken off my old jersey and so on.
I watched a lot of football over the world cup and I've gone to see the lads playing a good few times but it has been torture really, it just reminds you how much you want to get back playing” - Gareth Coughlan.
Listening to Gareth served to remind the youngsters present to always enjoy their football. Pictured receiving his certificate from Gareth and Vinny is Saints fan Patrick Pender from Clondalkin.
The week long soccer school for boys and girls aged 9 to 13 was held at Richmond Park and players including Danny North, Shane Guthrie, David McAllister as well as Gareth and Vinny all dropped in to the course over the week.
The school costs €60.00, it is limited to 35 places and bookings are already being taken for the next course which runs from 9th to 13th August.
Call the club today on 01 454 6332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application form.