Winter training for the players and coaching staff at Saint Patrick’s GAC in Lisburn has been made possible thanks to a cash injection through Energia Group’s Helping Hands charitable initiative.
As the only Gaelic club situated in the Lisburn area, the club has over 250 members spread across both male and female teams who currently train – and play – from Under-10s right through to Senior level.
For the club’s youngest players, the £300 investment is welcome news as it will allow their coaches to continue hiring a nearby 3G pitch so that training sessions can continue during the colder months.
The successful funding application is thanks to Energia Group employee Tom Martin who nominated Naomh Padraig GAC. Tom has children who play at the club, and he said he was extremely grateful for the financial support. “A huge thank you to Energia Group and the Helping Hands scheme,” he said.
“All of my three children, along with most of their classmates, train and play at St Patrick’s GAC every Saturday. It is a fantastic community facility and keeps the kids active and engaged, and this funding will all allow them to train longer into the year and stay fit and healthy in the run up to Christmas.”
Naomh Padraig GAC club treasurer, Conor Quinn added: “We are delighted to receive support from Energia Group and their Helping Hands scheme. This donation will extend the playing and training season for our youngest players by providing a safe and dry training environment.”
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