Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council was delighted to recently host two action packed GAA Summer Camps at Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Carryduff and Kirkwoods Park Playing Fields, Lisburn.

As part of the council’s popular ‘Summer in the City’ programme, the camps welcomed fifty enthusiastic boys and girls aged 7-12 years for a week of football, fun and friendship.

The aim of the GAA summer camps was to encourage children to take up Gaelic football for the first time and to get active, as well as to help develop the skills of existing players in a friendly environment.

The GAA summer camp at Lough Moss Leisure Centre welcomed a guest coach appearance from Down Senior Football Manager Conor Laverty.  

The children received lots of top tips and advice on how to grow and develop as a player as well as hearing of Conor’s journey to coaching at County level.  Conor continues to play for Kilcoo and shared his experiences of captaining the team to All-Ireland club glory in 2022. Conor spent some time teaching the children the basic skills of soloing, fist and kick passing, shooting and tackling.

Pictured are children at the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (LCCC) GAA Summer Camp at Lough Moss Leisure Centre with Kevin Madden, LCCC Community Sports Development Officer; Councillor John Gallen, Vice Chair of the council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee and Conor Laverty, Down Senior Football Manager. The children enjoyed a weeklong Gaelic football camp with a special guest appearance by Conor Laverty who shared lots of top tips and advice on how to grow and develop as a player as well as his own journey to coaching at County level.

Vice Chairman of the council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee Councillor John Gallen visited the last day of the camp and commented, “The GAA summer camps have provided an avenue for local children to try a new sport, meet up with friends or form new friendships, and improve their skills as players under the guidance of talented coaches.

The council remains committed in providing a varied ‘Summer in the City’ programme to include weeklong sports courses in a range of sporting areas. It is vital to encourage children and young people to remain physically and socially active throughout the summer months whilst promoting a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved for organising such successful camps at both Kirkwoods Playing Fields, Lisburn and Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Carryduff. I would also like to extend a special word of thanks to St Patrick’s GAC and Carryduff GAC for their continued support throughout the week and to guest coach Conor Laverty for taking the time to attend and share his knowledge and experience with the children.”