Youth Reach Blitz
Oriel Park was the venue for a Youth Reach Blitz on Tuesday morning.
Organised by Louth and Meath Educational Training Board, Youth Reach, Dundalk FC, An Garda Síochána, the FAI and the County Council, the youngsters representing Dundalk were joined by their peers from Ashbourne, Drogheda and Trim plus a local team from the Magnet Centre in Dundalk.
When speaking with dundalkfc.com Ian Walker, Youth Officer for the Louth and Meath Educational Training Board said, ‘Today’s Youth Reach Blitz went very well indeed. Everyone really enjoyed themselves, there was some lovely football skills on display and every played in a really nice atmosphere which is what it’s about.
“It’s about competing and taking part – that’s what we want the guys and girls to do. We have two teams from Dundalk – Dundalk Youth Reach and the Magnet Centre in town.
“We have team from Drogheda and then we have mixed teams, there is a team from Trim mixed with a team from Kells, then there is also a team from Laytown and Bettystown Youth Reach joined with Ashbourne – so there are five teams altogether but seven centres represented.
“In terms of organisation there is a committee that helps organise the tournament and that is made up of representatives from LMETB, members form Garda Síochána, members from Dundalk FC, the FAI and the County Council so four or five different organisations have come together to organise the tournament.
“In terms of funding for the tournament, it comes down from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and they give money for these type of events so we’re very thankful to them for doing that too.”
Dundalk FC Community and School officer Liam Burns added, “It’s great to get everyone up here to Oriel Park. We’ve been doing this for a number of years and it continues to be a great success.
“We have a number of teams from different centres who come and compete against each other. It’s great for them to play on the first team pitch at Oriel Park and it is great to see everyone here such as the Garda and social workers.
“It really is beneficial not just for the club but for the community too. There are a lot of people here from around the area that are in the Youth Reach Centre’s do it’s great for them to come out and do a bit of exercise and also play against other centres.
“It was a great day – we’ve been doing it for a lot of years and hopefully we’ll be doing it for a lot more.”
Dundalk Youth Reach, Continuing Education Centre, Chapel St. Dundalk Co. Louth
Tel: 042 93 38323 or 042 93 53591
Fax: 042 93 53594