Parents should become more involved at juvenile level

South Board secretary Noel Byrne has paid tribute to Bord na nOg and Cumann na mBunscol in his report to next Monday’s annual Board Convention.

South Board secretary Noel Byrne has paid tribute to Bord na nOg and Cumann na mBunscol in his report to next Monday’s annual Board Convention.

He says that the Bord na nOg officers are doing great work for Gaelic games at every level while many people in the clubs throughout the division are also putting in a huge effort.

“I am amazed at times at the number of games they play and the activities they organise. The relationship between both Boards is excellent and is very helpful to the smooth operation of our games. I thank them particularly for their co-operation in allowing us the odd night. I would again appeal for more support at juvenile level and more involvement of parents in support of their children’s desire to play sport. The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.I thank in particular Bord Na nOg secretary Kieran Hogan for his help and support.

The work of Cumann na mBunscol is of immense importance to the promotion of Gaelic games, as in many cases it may be in the school that a child gets his/her first introduction to our games. Once again I pay tribute to all those teachers who play a part in ensuring that our national games get the priority they deserve. It is so important for our clubs to continually monitor the needs of the schools in their catchments area and ensure that they are supported in every way possible with the provision of football and hurling, transport and manpower when required.

2011, with the Tom Markam Cup being won has helped enormously in the promotion of our games and I thank all who have helped to promote them, in particular the manager of the Minor Football team David Power and his players.

Likewise the Post Primary Schools also fulfil a vital role in the promotion of our games and in many cases the games at this level fill a void for players when the club scene has concluded”.