Killyman kids get kitted out with Power NI

Monday, October 01, 2018

St Mary’s GFC in Killyman enjoyed an energetic summer scheme thanks to sponsorship provided by Power NI, Northern Ireland’s leading energy supplier.

A week long coaching and skills development programme was made possible with a £250 contribution from Power NI’s staff initiative, Helping Hands, which went towards a new specially designed kit for the local club.

More than 80 children aged 4 to 14 gathered at Killyman’s pitch to hone their football skills with coaches who volunteered from St Mary’s GFC and other local clubs. The new kit was unveiled at the end of the scheme when each participant was presented with their new Power NI gear.

The club was nominated for the £250 funding by Power NI employee and long-time Killyman supporter, Malachy McVeigh, through the company’s “Helping Hands” scheme. This initiative allows employees to give back to groups which they support and contribute to their local community.

Malachy McVeigh said, “Having been involved with Killyman St Mary’s GFC for many years and seeing my children and now grandchildren enjoy learning Gaelic through the club, it’s great to be able to give back. The club has made such a great contribution to the local community by teaching kids the joy of sport and fostering friendships between all in attendance.”

Thanking Power NI for the funding, Club representative, Colm McVeigh, said “The summer scheme is a highlight of the summer for many local kids. With thanks to Power NI they can have a permanent souvenir and sport Killyman’s blue and yellow colours with pride.”

Killyman St Mary’s GFC is a club operating in Dungannon since 1964 and has contributed players to county level teams for decades. It currently has regular training sessions for U8's, U10's, U12's, U13's, Minors, Reserves and Seniors. It also plays host to Irish Dancing classes which have had great success at All Ireland competition level.