THE ‘MAIL’ spoke to two men involved with coaching sport in schools, who gave their opinions on the introduction of Gaelic football at Carrick.
Peter Maxwell said: “I frequently come across GAA coaches delivering sessions in both controlled and maintained primary schools and they are without doubt some of the best lessons I have seen. What they do with children is not Gaelic specific and will help develop co-ordination and handling skills of children regardless of what sport they usually play. Sport should be used to break down barriers rather than create new ones.”
Niall Devlin said: “As a GAA coach in schools and as someone with aspirations to be a PE teacher I feel it is important to introduce different varieties of sport to children regardless of their religious background. Coaches, PE teachers and development officers have put in a Trojan effort for the last ten years to bring sectarian branded sports to an end once and for all.”