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Beragh Coach Eilish O’Neill Receives Recognition

Wednesday 05.12.2018
Team Talk Mag
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The Ulster Council regularly give recognition to clubs and club members for their contributions to their communities and neighbourhoods. One such scheme acknowledges the hard work done in terms of coaching. Beragh Red Knights Club member Eilish O’Neill was recently recognised for the work that she is involved in with her club. The club’s submission to the adjudication committee is listed below.

Eilish has shown great commitment to girls aged 6-12 years who play Gaelic Football for Beragh.  She has headed up a group of coaches who work with these age groups twice weekly, as well as ensuring each of the age groups can attend their ‘Go-Games’ blitzes.  Irrespective of the weather, this Foundation Level coach will ensure all the girls, whatever their skill levels, enjoy the session and leave better players for having taken part.

Whilst many coaches volunteer in a similar capacity, what sets Eilish apart is the fact that she is only 16 herself.  Her selflessness and modesty, her enthusiasm for the game, and the ambition to improve the girls in her care, are wonderful to witness.

In June whilst sitting her GCSE exams, Eilish gave up her morning to volunteer and help out at the Club’s Primary Schools’ Tournament.  She had an exam that afternoon, and rather than using that morning for revision, she prioritised the girls.  At the tournament lunch-break, Eilish had a quick change into school uniform, a few words with the girls, and off she went to sit the exam.  A wonderful example of commitment.

Eilish has coached the U-8, U-10 & U-12 girls, whilst playing for her own Club teams and Tyrone Development Squad.  Her whatsapp group keeps parents appropriately informed of times of training and matches, travel arrangements and indeed lost property!

It’s not an understatement to say that without Eilish, there would be no girls’ youth football in Beragh.

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