Former Irish Rugby player Gordon D’Arcy took the lead with 300 students from secondary schools across Ireland for a Sky Academy Day, which runs in partnership with Youth Sport Trust.
As part of the popular Sky Sport Living for Sport programme, Gordon D’Arcy met the young sporting hopefuls to share stories about his career highlights which include winning three Heineken Cups and two Six Nations titles. He also took them through a range of practical activities to get the youngsters inspired through sport. The Sky Academy Day is dedicated to developing practical skills in sport and confidence through participation in a range of physical activities.
The 15 schools who attended the Sky Academy Day at the National Indoor Arena in Dublin won an Irish Sky Sports Living for Sport competition following their participation in the programme.
Gordon D’Arcy said:
I am very excited to be part of the fantastic Sky Academy Day. Sport for me has always been about breaking barriers and being able to interact with other people. You can see how being part of Sky Sports Living for Sport has not only done this but also inspired the students and built their confidence. The day has really encouraged each and every one of the students to be the best they can be.
The day showcased Sky Sports Living for Sport, which is in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust and part of Sky Academy. Sky Academy works with young people from primary school right through to starting their career, using passion for sport to build skills and experience for all aspects of life.
The day was supported by Sky Academy Ambassador, Darren Campbell, 19 Sky Sports Living for Sport Athlete Mentors for Ireland and the UK, and over 20 Sky Staff volunteers.
The Athlete Mentors 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
To find out more information and how to get involved visit https://livingforsport.skysports.com/