CBS Westland Row Secondary School Dublin is one of our many member schools. The school has two full size snooker tables and caters for 54 girls.
We were delighted to have the CBS on board as they have been promoting snooker at the school for over 15 years now. The girls at the School are given equal access to the snooker tables along with after school practice available.
Alan Bailey is the main guy at the school who is very much involved with organising events for both boys and girls. Emirjeta Doda is one of their past students who went on to win 4 National U21 Championships over the past 7 years. Caitlin Tucker won the Dublin Girls County Championship in 2017. Many of the girls entered a number of RILSA ranking events over the years.
Kate Byrne the school Principal and the teachers are very supportive of our initiatives and competitions. We look forward to seeing all the students and teachers in the near future.
Due to the Coved situation, the school has not been able to access the tables over the past year or so but they are really looking forward to getting back to playing the sport soon.
These initiatives by RILSA to get cue sports into schools will eventually change the perception among young people that both females and males can play such sports on a level playing field.
As part of our National Development plan, we have made great progress in seeing participation among young girls increase over the past 8 years.
Part of our 10 year plan is to set up a coaching programme within our member schools where the students can learn the basics.
Our main objective is to step up participation and awareness among young girls and encourage them to play cue sports with the knowledge that the Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association are there to help and support all the way, should they wish to advance through the levels within the Association.
While many of our girls play within the school domain, some have ventured out to play competitively at National Intermediate and Amateur events that are available to them.
Our National Primary School Championship, National U21 Championship and National Special Needs Championship have been well attended and supported over the past 8 years along with events at County level.
We hope to get this school and many others back up and running by the end of 2021.
This is a previous post and photos prior to covid-19