Over 100 youth Gaelic footballers from Jersey, Guernsey and France competed in the second annual Jersey Irish Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) ‘Youngstars’ tournament on Saturday 4th July.
ABN AMRO Bank Jersey is the official sponsor of the Junior Jersey and Guernsey Irish GAA teams. As part of the sponsorship the private bank helped to cover the running costs of the tournament, which has doubled in size since its inception in 2014.
Noel McLaughlin, CFO and Head of Product and Product Solutions at ABN AMRO Bank Jersey, commented: ‘I am delighted that we are able to support the growth of grassroots Gaelic football in the Channel Islands. It is extremely important that youngsters are given the opportunity to try out new activities as it promotes wellbeing and teaches key life skills such as teamwork and fair play. It was great to see all the teams out there enjoying themselves and I’m sure the tournament will continue to grow in the future.’
13 teams from clubs in Jersey, Guernsey and Liffre, Brest, Fougere and Lorient in France, met at the Airport pitches for the tournament. Each club fielded teams at U10, U12 and U15 level, with each age group playing against each other in a round robin. Jersey and Lorient were joint winners of the U10 category. Liffre 1 took home the U12 title and the U15 trophy was lifted by Jersey.
‘Gaelic football is one of the fastest growing sports in Europe and I’m delighted that our island is embracing this surge in popularity. Our junior teams are developing quickly in Jersey and Guernsey, thanks in part to the support of ABN AMRO Bank Jersey. With their help we have established junior teams in the islands and developed a tournament that attracted 140 competitors from three destinations in its second year,’ added Sean Killian, Junior Council Chairman at Jersey GAA.