Cork Schoolboys Soccer: Riverstown U12s raised vital funds for Marymount

Cork Schoolboys Soccer: Riverstown U12s raised vital funds for Marymount
The Riverstown CSL team that re involved in a fundraiser for Marymount. Back: Sean Sheehan, Sean O'Regan, Oscar O'Connor, Scott Busteed, JJ Foley, Adam Leahy, Cian Daly, Fionn Conway; front: Alex Bollard, Ryan Lane, Liam Lynch, Jack Long, Col O'Shea, Marc Looney.

THE players at Riverstown FC in Glanmire turned the big negative of the Covid-19 outbreak into a commendable positive recently with the help and guidance of their coaches at the club.

Youngsters across the county have been missing competitive football following the suspension of Cork Schoolboys League games but one U12 team used the time off to both work on their fitness and in the process fundraise for Marymount Hospice.

The Riverstown U12 team were enjoying a very good season up until the CSL was stopped due to the Covid-19 outbreak. In their first competitive season, they were in second place in the Blackwater Motors U12 First Division.

Following the initial disappointment, the team then returned to training via training videos sent home by their managers. However, with no end goal in sight, the managers felt motivating the players going forward would prove to be difficult and as a result the focus turned towards getting the players out running ahead of the potential return of team training.

The coaches then saw an opportunity to combine the player’s enthusiasm for running with a deserving local charity by planning to run 1,000km in five weeks for Marymount Hospice.

The youngsters overshot their goal by 40 kilometres in the end and a whopping €3,030 was raised for Marymount hospice.

Manager and club secretary David Lynch commented on the efforts and the club’s desire to hold the fundraiser.

“After five weeks the lads completed 1043.21km to be exact and they raised over €3,030 for Marymount Hospice. Myself, the coaches and all their parents could not be prouder of this great bunch of lads for the effort they put in over the course of this challenge. We would also like to thank everyone who donated to this great cause.

“We asked all the kids and their parents and the answer was unanimous. There are so many deserving charities and all in need of help at this very difficult time but Marymount Hospice held a special place for a lot of people involved including myself. My own mother passed away 13 years ago in Marymount and the care and friendship she received was second to none.”

Lynch went on to comment on why they decided on a team goal of 1000km in five weeks.

“As the kids are only 11 and 12 and we didn’t want them to overdo it so we set a target of 1,000km in five weeks all while adhering to government guidelines and also keeping them working as a team while being apart which was our message as coaches.”

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