Our Lady’s Secondary School Belmullet Co Mayo is one of our many member schools across Ireland who accepted a full size snooker table where the students have access to cue sports. This school caters for 108 girls
We were delighted to be able to facilitate the school with a table, giving the students access to cue sports. The girls at the School are given equal access to the snooker table during lunch breaks and sometimes at after school promotions.
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.
It will take time to change a culture but it will be worth the effort in the long run.
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