Gordon D’Arcy joins 300 Students at the Sky Academy Day in Dublin

Tue 24th Jan '17

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Today, Gordon D’Arcy took the lead as 300 students from secondary schools across Ireland joined us for the Sky Academy Day.

The day was hosted at the new National Indoor Arena in Dublin, and led by Gordon D’Arcy, a former Irish Rugby player, whose career highlights include winning three Heineken cups and two Six Nations titles.

It was dedicated to developing practical skills and confidence through participation in a range of sporting activities – including everything from camogie to kickboxing – to help inspire the students and unlock their potential.

Irish Sky Academy Ambassador Katie Taylor sent a video message on the day telling the students to “have fun and make sure you continue to believe in yourselves as I believe in you.”

The 15 schools attending the Sky Academy Day won an Irish Sky Sports Living for Sport competition, with Katie Taylor inviting her old secondary school, St Kilian’s Community School, to take part in the fun.

Speaking at the day, Gordon D’Arcy said: “I am very excited to be part of the fantastic Sky Academy Day. Participating in sport can help people with their confidence and building strong social relationships.

"You can see with the 300 students here today how being part of Sky Sports Living for Sport has inspired them to be the very best they can be.”

The day was also supported by Sky Academy Ambassador Darren Campbell, 19 of our Sky Sports Living for Sport Athlete Mentors for Ireland & the UK and more than 20 Sky staff volunteers.

The Athlete Mentors in attendance included:

•    Molly Dunne, Camogie
•    Caradh O’Donovan, Kickboxing
•    Aoife McDermott, Basketball
•    Paul Byrne, 400m Hurdler
•    Christy Toye, Gaelic Football
•    Dermot Gascoyne, Boxing
•    Jenny Murphy,  Women’s Rugby
•    Darran O’Sullivan, Gaelic Football
•    Noel McGrath, Hurling
•    Jenna Downing, Inline Skating
•    Brian Gregan, Athletics
•    Anna Geary,  Camogie
•    Natalya Coyle, Modern Pentathlon
•    Andrew Fahey, Hurling
•    Carla Rowe, Gaelic Football
•    Cora Staunton,  Gaelic Football
•    Darren O’Neill, Boxing
•    Lorcán McLoughlin, Hurling
•    Jessie Barr, 400M Hurdler