• Fri, Apr 16, 2010 @ 22:22

St Patrick's Athletic striker Alex Williams received a warm welcome when he helped kick off the next St Pat's Challenge soccer coaching course at the Gaelscoil in Clondalkin recently.

Up to forty 5th class pupils will now get their chance to improve their soccer skills over the next five weeks under the supervision of a qualified St Pat's coach.

“Ni neart go chur le cheile” or “strength in unity” is the club motto and this is the message that Alex and St Pat's are helping get across to the pupils.

Soccer is a team game and you need to work together and look out for each other both on and off the pitch. “Say No to Bullying” posters, funded by local Clondalkin company Pfizer, were also given out to the students as part of the visit.

While everyone is aware of physical bullying – exclusion type bullying is less well known and classmates were encouraged to look out for each other and make sure everyone is included in all activities over the school day.

This is the second course being run at the school and the St Pat's Challenge has also been run in other primary schools in Clondalkin including in St Ronan's, St Peter's Apostle as well as Scoil Talbot in Clondalkin.

This will be the 23rd school group to partake in our St Pat's Challenge with over 700 children actively involved in our schools soccer coaching programme.

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