Primary schoolers are participating in carnivals of Gaelic football


Gerry Crawley with Carramar Primary School students Anya Solaz-McGann, Anarette Kritzinger, Tiahna Joyce, Gerry Crawley, Jak Barrett, Cody Woods, Harrison Johnson and Lewis Mayes.
Picture: Will Russell       d451807
Gerry Crawley with Carramar Primary School students Anya Solaz-McGann, Anarette Kritzinger, Tiahna Joyce, Gerry Crawley, Jak Barrett, Cody Woods, Harrison Johnson and Lewis Mayes. Picture: Will Russell       d451807

Carramar Primary School hosted the first games of the term on April 6, playing against Tapping and Hocking primary schools.

Six other schools have put teams forward for the carnival.

Competitors feature in teams of nine, which is a slight variation to the conventional team of 15.

The youngsters trained extensively ahead of the competition and were introduced to the sport early last year thanks to a grant from the Gaelic Athletic Association via the Global Games Development fund.

This enabled qualified coaches to promote the games to local phys ed teachers.

The initiative was founded by the Kingsway-based Gaelic Games Junior Academy and is designed to forge a link between the academy and local primary schools.

Gaelic football has proven so popular with the students, there are plans to hold another carnival with more schools involved in Term 4.

The Gaelic Games Junior Academy will also host camps over the July and October school holidays.