Mar 21 2012 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
YOUNGSTERS from primary schools in Coatbridge are continuing to be drawn to Gaelic Football.
Organiser Joe Bradley says coaching and player development in the town is fuelling further growth in the sport.
The Coatbridge Davitts under-14 girls and boys squads travelled to County Donegal and Derry to play in competitions.
Both sides won a majority of their matches even if they did miss out on lifting silverware.
The girls’ side returned to Ireland a fortnight later to compete in a tournament and went on to reach the last four after three successive wins.
“They only lost their semi-final by one point but left with many compliments regarding their ability, fitness and general behaviour,” said Joe.
The under-14 boys were also on the road again and travelled to Huddersfield for a tournament organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association in Yorkshire.
Victory was secured by the Davitts in a hotly-contested final after three outstanding displays.
Joe added: “The team are not only much-improved for the experience but emerged winners against some very able opponents.”
For the first time, Coatbridge sent several under-11 and under-12 teams representing primary schools from the town to Huddersfield for the event.
Pupils from St Timothy’s, St Patrick’s, Langloan, Greenhill, Carnbroe, St Bartholomew’s and St Augustine’s all took part.
There was also a great day of Gaelic Football at Dunbeth Park when teams from Coatbridge faced rivals from Glasgow and Edinburgh.