Teacher launches GAA program in Scotland

Updated: May 1, 2012

A Donegal teacher is bringing gaelic games into the curriculum of a Scottish secondary school for the first time.

Letterkenny native, Jonathan Foley, launched the initiative at Broughton School, Edinburgh, in February of this year, in a bid to promote gaelic football outside of Ireland.

A group of Scottish pupils, who had been ejected for behavioural reasons from other such educational programmes, were taken under Foley’s wing for his innovative project. Instead of being sent out to detentions, the St Eunan’s club man gave up his free time in the school timetable to run the initiative.

The program involves students taking a one hour weekly class whereby they learn about the GAA, followed by a training session.

Everything from the socio-political importance of the GAA to the running of a modern day club and inter county championship, is dealt with in the program.

The students are soon to do a whole-school presentation on what they have learned in the hope it will encourage their peers to take an interest and start promoting the game further, with the students being linked with Edinburgh’s sole GAA club; Dunedin Connolly’s, as possible players to join the youth development programme there.

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