Shamrock Rovers Club Promotions Officer Paddy McQuaid visits schools all over Tallaght to coach youngsters and help promote messages such as anti-racism, healthy eating, and the importance of dairy products.
In association with the FAI, Paddy is also part of a project aimed at teaching young people about the importance of dairy products in helping them stay fit and healthly, and of course, be better football players.
Shamrock Rovers has developed a strong partnership with St Aidan’s Community School in Brookfield, Tallaght. Through the Jack O’Regan Scholarship scheme, the clubs currently offers bursaries and coaching to 21 students in the school. This is the third year of the project.
Along with Rovers CPO, Paddy McQuaid, many first team players visit St Aidan’s to coach the youths. But football is only one aspect of the programme; the students’ academic achievements and behaviour are also monitored in order for them to be selected for the scholarship programme.
Shamrock Rovers also runs a scholarship scheme in association with the IT Tallaght. Students who play for a Shamrock Rovers team are eligible for the bursary, and a group is chosen each year to receive the funding to help them through their college year. As well as measuring their football achievements, the players also have to be successful in their studies.
The club intends to roll these scholarship schemes out to other schools in the area in the coming years. The scholarship in St Aidan’s was featured in an Irish Times article, which can be found here.