Bank of Ireland and Athletics Ireland have joined forces for a second year to mount a nationwide search amongst secondary schools to identify and foster untapped athletic potential.
The programme ran for the first time last year and will repeat the programme of Athletics Ireland Development Officers visiting schools across the country to put up to 1,000 mainly first-year students through a series of challenges of their potential in athletics disciplines.
From this, around 200 will be selected to attend a Masterclass at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus.
This will be run in conjunction with a group of Ireland’s top sports psychologists, nutritionists and athletes where the students will be coached to develop their potential and encouraged to stay active at a crucial transition point in their lives.
“As the bank that supports young people both at a local and national level we are very excited to launch the Bank of Ireland Talent ID Programme in association with Athletics Ireland,” said Laura Lynch, Head of Youth Marketing at Bank of Ireland said at the original launch of the programme in 2017.
“Each of the 1,000 secondary school students selected to partake in this exciting programme will be given a unique opportunity to demonstrate their athletic potential in front of Ireland’s leading talent scouts.”
“As athletics is the foundation of all sports, we believe this is a great opportunity for schools to encourage sport amongst their students and to avail of the expertise and skills available within Athletics Ireland.”
“Bank of Ireland recognises the importance of giving young people opportunities to explore and develop their talents and we are proud to be playing a part in fostering the athletic talent of the future.”
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