Shamrock Rovers F.C. is supporting the Beacon of Light Breakthrough Programme aimed at helping young men who need help and support to improve their physical and mental health.
Speaking for Shamrock Rovers FC, club official Mark Lynch said: “We are delighted to partner with the Beacon of Light organisation and to have put together this new pilot Breakthrough Programme that will take place at our Academy facility in Roadstone. The programme will run for 8 weeks from May 1st at the Academy with the aim of helping Men 18-30 years with their mental and physical health. We put a lot of emphasis on our community support programmes and this is another good example of Rovers in the Community.”
Geoffrey McCarthy, General Manager of the Beacon of Light Counselling Centre and Director of the Breakthrough Programme said “We are pleased to announce that with the help of Shamrock Rovers F.C. the next programme will include football as well as martial arts. Our programme has previously included MMA with SBG gym but now we can run a pilot project using football. This is as a result of partnering with through the FAI and Shamrock Rovers and funding support from South Dublin County Sports Partnership and Social innovation Fund Ireland.”
Robbie DeCourcey from FAI, said: “The FAI are delighted to be part of such an impactful programme and look forward to working in conjunction with Shamrock Rovers and The Beacon of Light to provide a positive experience through football for all involved.”
What is the Breakthrough Programme?
The Breakthrough Programme is a multi-award winning counselling and support programme for at risk, young adult males in West Dublin
It is unique because it addresses people’s mental and physical health together, on a one to one basis
At present, the 8-10 week Programme combines individual counselling and a sporting activity
We commenced the Programme in 2016 and to date, 36 men from the local community have participated.
25% have stayed involved as mentors for subsequent Programme participants. This in itself is a very positive outcome
The Breakthrough Programme has been evaluated by Maynooth University
It facilitates engagement with positive male role models
New pilot project with the SRFC & FAI in May/June 2019