The Sky Sports backed GAA Super Games National Blitz Day took place at the National Games Centre on the Sport Ireland Campus yesterday with six teams of children from every corner of the country and a host of stars.
Among them were three-time All-Star and four-time All-Ireland winner, Kieran Donaghy, Dublin footballer and six-time All-Ireland winner Dean Rock and Cork hurler and four-time All-Star winner Patrick Horgan.
The National Blitz day is an integral part of the GAA Super Games initiative which is delivered in Post Primary schools from September- April by County Games Development Personnel in each county nationally.
Players from first year and second year had the opportunity to play with and against players from different schools and counties as part of the blitz format as well as getting to meet the high profile Sky ambassadors.
Last year Kieran Donaghy’s journey up and down the country to shine a light on the work of The Super Games and the role they play in keeping young people playing the sport was documented in a five-part special which aired on Sky.
This year, he’s back again to travel to counties in the four provinces with a Sky Sports crew.
Health and Wellbeing will be the prime focus as he travels to Clare, Longford, Roscommon and a cross border Super Games event in Down and Louth.
“I’m delighted to be supporting today’s National Blitz and the GAA Super Games in partnership with Sky Sports again this year,” he said.
“Last year was a real eye-opener for me working on The Super Games. Speaking to parents, coaches and kids there were lots of reasons which affect dropout but the one that really stuck out for me was Health and Wellbeing, whether that’s physical health, mental health, anxiety or bullying.”
“I know making clubs and communities a healthier place is crucial to the GAA, so this year, with Sky, I’ll be looking a bit more at how important health and wellbeing is when it comes to kids staying with the sport.”
The GAA Super Games is one of three initiatives that Sky supports as part of its continued investment of €3m in Grassroots GAA over five years.
As well as providing equipment and kits for the Super Games, Sky also supports Super Games nationwide with ambassador visits. Previous ambassadors that have supported the Super Games include Conor McManus, TJ Reid, Con O’Callaghan, Jonny Cooper, Paul Geaney, Carla Rowe and Joe Canning.
Over the course of five weeks, Donaghy and the Sky crew will visit four Super Games at St Flannan’s College in Ennis, County Clare, St Mel’s College in Longford, Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon and DkIT, Dundalk for a cross border Super Games with kids from Louth and Down.
Each of the visits will be documented by Sky Sports for a new midweek GAA show called Inside the Game and will also feature on Sky Sports’ social channels.