Kerry footballer Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper visited three schools in the Carrick-on-Suir area last week to give students football coaching sessions and advice on how to set up a school bank.
The GAA star was given a great welcome from the students of Carrick-on-Suir CBS Primary and Secondary Schools and Crehana National School during his visit to their respective schools last Wednesday, December 5 as part of his role as AIB’s Youth Ambassador to promote the AIB Build a Bank Challenge.
He was accompanied by George Walsh, Manager and Derek McManus, Student Officer at the local AIB branch.
This Build a Bank competition is underway in more than 200 schools across Ireland and is an enjoyable way for students to set up and manage their own school bank. The students Students are responsible for sourcing new customers, opening accounts, encouraging regular savings and exploring new ways to use banking such as phone and Internet banking.
All the participating schools will compete in the regional finals next March with the top four winning schools from each regional final qualifying for the national final next April.
During his visit to the CBS Secondary School, Colm Cooper said the Bank Challenge was a fun, rewarding and enjoyable project for students to take part in.
He was amazed at the hard work, effort and creativity students put into their banks and there was usually very stiff rivalry among the schools in each locality.
Colm advised the students to be creative with their bank and make full use of new ways to market it through social media tools and most importantly to have fun.
In conjunction with the Build a Bank Challenge, the school ran a table tennis competition, which was won by Geoffrey Cooke who beat Owen O’Reilly in the final.
As well as presenting the prizes for the table tennis competition, Colm Cooper played against both finalists and showed that football is not his only sporting talent.
The AIB Bank visitors were welcomed by the Principal Denis Cotter at the CBS Primary School and by principal Eithne Sheehan at Crehana NS.