In his role as youth ambassador for AIB, Kerry’s All Star footballer Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper visited both Clonmel High School and Ss Peter and Pauls Primary School. Colm held a coaching session with the students at the High School, while in Ss Peter and Pauls he acted as referee in a football match. Afterwards he offered his support and advice for students involved in AIB’s Build a Bank Challenge and in savings overall.
Also in attendance were George Walsh, branch manager, AIB Clonmel; Maria Griffin, retail manager; Aileen O’Dwyer and Willie O’Dwyer, student officers.
The AIB Build a Bank Challenge is well underway with over 200 secondary schools competing across Ireland. The challenge is an exciting and enjoyable way for Transition and 5th Year students to set up and manage their own school bank, with the support of AIB staff.
Colm Cooper said “The AIB Build a Bank Challenge is a fun, rewarding and enjoyable project for students to take part in. I am amazed at the hard work, effort and creativity that the students put into their banks and this provides very stiff rivalry among the schools in each locality. My advice to the students is to be creative with their bank, make full use of new ways to market their bank through social media tools and most importantly have fun.”
Both High School principal Shay Bannon and Edward Kearney, acting principal of Ss Peter and Paul’s stated “Colm is one of the great footballers of our generation and is a great role model for students.”