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GAA tie up deal with Celtic

The Gaelic Athletic Association has announced it is extending its Youth Leadership Programme to Scotland.

Last year, the 'Let's Go; Lead Through Sport' initiative was launched at Croke Park in Dublin and courses have since taken place in Sligo, Lurgan and Dublin, catering for boys and girls between the ages of 13-16.

The camps aim to bring together young people from different sporting and cultural backgrounds using coaching sessions in both Gaelic games and soccer.

These on-field activities, led by top coaches from both codes, will be complemented by an innovative off-field programme that is intended to enhance the life-skills of the participants in a number of targeted areas.

Following the success of the Irish programme of events, the GAA has teamed up with Scottish champions Celtic to set up training camps across North Lanarkshire, Inverclyde and Glasgow.

Tony Hamilton, chief executive of Celtic FC Foundation, said: "Celtic FC Foundation is delighted to be partnering once more with GAA.

"Our three Irish events were hugely successful last year so in 2014 we hope to build on that across three venues in Scotland, starting in North Lanarkshire.

"GAA are a fantastic partner for us and our work in equality - one of our four core values - will be strengthened through this joint venture."

GAA Director General Paraic Duffy said: "The GAA is delighted to be involved in this partnership and we are particularly looking forward to the roll out of the programme in Scotland after its success in Ireland last year.

"Sport has the potential to make a special connection with young people and we believe the other holistic elements of the camps can make a real difference to the young people participating."