Kerry College And Kerry GAA Team Up To Train New Referees

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Principal of Kerry College Clash and Denny Street, Mary Lucey with St Pats GAA Chairman Jimmy Mulligan, sports students and teachers at the launch of the new aspect to the GAA Coaching and Sports Development Course.

KERRY ETB’s Kerry College and the Kerry County GAA Board have combined to ensure a steady provision of professionally trained referees.

They are offering students studying on the QQI GAA Coaching & Sports Development course an opportunity to undertake training and attain the GAA Refereeing certification as an integral part of their course.

The course provides a major award in Sports Recreation & Fitness and is specifically designed for students interested in GAA coaching.

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According to Mary Lucey, Principal Kerry College, Clash and Denny Street Campuses: “Kerry College is delighted to be involved in the nurturing and cultivation of the future cohort of  GAA referees.  This is a wonderful opportunity for students as it will mean that they can offer their services as referees to the County.”

To launch the new collaboration, St Pat’s GAA Club in Blennerville has offered a GAA Scholarship to cover the full cost of studying on the programme for the academic year.

As part of the scholarship, the recipient will provide support to the sponsoring club through the provision of refereeing services; enabling the student to gain first-hand experience on the field.

Jimmy Mulligan, Chairperson of St Pat’s added; “Our aim is that other GAA clubs across the county will come on board  supporting students in furthering their education in the GAA Coaching and Sports Development arena.  Through this collaboration, the GAA will be sure of a constant stream of highly qualified referees to make consistent and informed decisions and act at all times with integrity both on and off the pitch. The County Board will provide expert training and workshops from top level national GAA referees tutors as part of the initiative.”

A limited number of places remain available on the course; all enquiries to or 066-7121741.

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