Sky Sports mentors Paul Geaney and Paddy Brophy help launch GAA Super Games Centres
Sky Sports is partnering with the GAA to support the GAA Super Games Centres across Ireland.
Last Updated: 20/12/17 8:24pm
Paul Geaney and Paddy Brophy have helped launch GAA Super Games Centres in their local areas.
Kerry footballer Geaney opened a local GAA Super Games Centre, part of a wider initiative which will see Sky Sports invest €3m in grassroots GAA over the next five years, at Tralee CBS while Kildare's Brophy opened one at Maynooth Community College.
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The Super Games Centres, based nationwide in Ireland, were set up to reduce youth drop out rates and encourage "play to stay" among young people, specifically between the ages of 12 and 17 where youth drop out is most widespread in the GAAs most popular sports - gaelic football and hurling.
"I think the GAA Super Games Centres are a great way to keep young people playing the sport they love," said Sky Sports mentor Geaney.
"I'm delighted to be here today on behalf of Sky Sports to meet with the players and offer them support and advice. I took part in the GAA Youth forum earlier this year also so I've seen first-hand how much work goes into encouraging youth participation."
Sky Sports is supporting the GAA Super Games Centres, which are expected to play an important role in the community, by arranging visits with Sky Sports mentors and providing kits and equipment to the estimated 9000 members countrywide.
Aside from the GAA Super Games Centres, Sky Sports has also pledged support and investment to the GAA Youth Forum, an annual forum which took place this year on October 28, and the GAA Games Development Conference which will take place on January 12/13, 2018.
Brophy, who returned to Ireland after calling time on his Australian Rules career in April, said: "I think it's fantastic that these GAA Super Games Centres exist and I'm delighted to be here today on behalf of Sky Sports to meet with the players and generally just support them.
"There are many factors for youth drop out but the GAA Super Games Centres promote fun and participation. That's what it's all about."
Some of the other Sky Sports mentors who are set to be involved in the GAA Super Games Centres throughout the year include; Carla Rowe, Con O'Callaghan, Darran O' Sullivan, Kevin Conlan.