The Grammar school girls learn spikeball

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Dundalk Grammar School has been selected to take part in the Volley Association of Ireland’s transition year girls Spikeball Leaders’ Award.

Dundalk Grammar School has been selected to take part in the Volley Association of Ireland’s transition year girls Spikeball Leaders’ Award.

This programme is funded by the Irish Sports Council Women in Sport project which encourages girls to actively participate in sport.

Spikeball is an initiative developed by the Volleyball Association of Ireland to help teachers introduce junior volleyball to their students. Volleyball has traditionally been viewed as a difficult sport to introduce to young children, but it doesn’t have to be. Since it was introduced to Ireland in the last three years participation has increased by over 300 per

Last November, Mary Lalor and Graham Torrance, development officers from the Volleyball Association of Ireland, came to Dundalk Grammar School for a full day course. Mary and Graham introduced the girls to the game of spikeball, which is an advanced game of volleyball.

The students learned the rules of spikeball, how to play the game and how to introduce it to primary school students.

They also learned about coaching, refereeing, sports reporting and how to organise a spikball blitz.

There are eleven girls involved in total and everyone is bursting with enthusiasm and looking forward to using the skills they’ve gained, to coach.

“We all enjoyed learning how to play the game,” said student Elizabeth Murdock, “and had equally as much energy and enthusiasm when learning how to coach.

“The toughest part was learning how to use what we had learned, to coach our fellow team mates as it was quite challenging and daunting trying to coach a game we had just

learned how to play ourselves.

“All involved are looking forward to going out to coach and we will be coaching in three schools in Dundalk. Those three schools being Bay Estate School, Dundalk Grammar junior school and Dun Dealgan national school.

“Our team stands out from all the other teams in the transition year girls Spikeball Leaders Award programme. We are willing to put the time and effort into perfecting the skills we will be teaching students at Bay Estate School, Dundalk Grammar junior school and Dun Dealgan national school,” said Elizabeth.