Gurranabraher Credit Union & Blue Demons recently joined forces to roll out a primary schools anti bullying programme called “3 Point Play”. The initiative will initially be delivered across 3 Northside Primary Schools: Scoil Mhuire Fatima, Blarney Street CBS & St Vincent’s Primary School. The programme will focus on introducing students to FUNdamental movements, basketball and the dangers of bullying. Targeted at young children entering the final stages of primary school (5th and 6th class) , this interactive workshop entails 3 separate stations all delivered by the UCC Blue Demons Men’s Professional players and coaches!
This all-inclusive program encourages participation and its main aim is to grow the children’s athletic and social skills through fun activities delivered by sporting role models.
Speaking at the launch at Scoil Mhuire Fatima, Michael O Connell said “Gurranabraher Credit Union believe that we must support programmes like these in our schools, so much so that we have set aside money in our Community Development & Education Budget to support these initiatives. This is more evidence of how important a strong, safe and secure Credit Union benefits its community.”
Jim Dineen, Chairman of Blue Demons, said at the launch “this is the culmination of a lot of work by UCC Blue Demons which we hope will deliver information to the children with facts around the effects of bullying on children’s lives in a fun, active way”.
The programme is made up of 3 stages:
- Roadshow: The 3PointPlay roadshow afternoon incorporates three themed sessions delivered by UCC Demons players in each school
- Coaching: Each school receives 2 hours of basketball coaching per week delivered by UCC Demons basketball players.
- Stage 3 Local tournament: Schools enter a tournament held at a local facility in a one day competition before Christmas. The top teams from the tournament win a place in the 3PointPlay finals to be held prior to a designated UCC Demons Super league game which will be attended by all participating schools.