Erin Go Bragh are hoping they can expand their youth section even further

ERIN GO BRAGH are looking for a nursery sponsor as their fast-growing section for 4-7 year olds expands to encompass all five local primary schools in early 2017.
Having had just 30 regular attendees in the age group 18 months ago, a great deal of effort has gone into expanding the nursery to 120, with lots of local parents getting involved in coaching and planning the programs.
The addition of kids from the remaining two local schools is expected to lift the total to 150 early in the New Year, with further expansions bringing numbers to 220 by the end of 2017.
Nursery co-ordinator Donal Quinn told GazetteSport that costs are becoming an issue for the club, both in relation to equipment and the hire of the all-weather facilities at Phibblestown.
Sponsorship would help relieve this pressure as well as providing good value to potential sponsors as the nursery grows.
“We’re looking for an overall, headline sponsor,” Quinn said. “An exclusive link up that will work across the whole of the academy, help with the facilities and providing the children with gear. We’re growing so it might prove good value for the sponsor, too.”
The Ongar club currently collaborate with nearby Westmanstown Gaels to play as St Catherine’s at minor level, where they recently won their minor title, and are also Under-16 champions.
The long-term aim of projects like the nursery – aside from their intrinsic value for the kids involved – is to make the club self-sufficient at a higher level, which they hope might have a knock-on effect up through the age groups.
Speaking of the style of the nursery groups, Quinn said “The kids usually do about half an hour of skills in either football or hurling in each session. We don’t split them by football and hurling until they reach the age of seven. They also play non-GAA games like Duck Duck Goose. The main aim is definitely fun ahead of anything else at this stage.”
The schools currently involved with Erin Go Bragh nursery are Ongar primary schools Scoil Grainne, Hansfield Educate Together and Mary Mother Of Hope, with children from St Benedict’s and Castaheany Educate Together to be added in the New Year.
Quinn emphasises, however, that anyone in the right age group is welcome to join.
“It’s taken off so much in the last little while, it’s been fantastic to see. We just want to make sure we can carry on doing it for all the kids,” Quinn concludes.
You can find information on the nursery section and its plans via Erin Go Bragh’s website at http://eringobraghgaa.ie/juvenile-section/nursery/.