Harbour Lights sponsor St John’s Camogie Club, Carnlough.

St John’s Camogie Club are delighted to have Harbour Lights Café on-board as the Sponsors of our U-12 Team for the season ahead in 2021.

The Club was established in 2005 so is relatively young in comparison to other Clubs in Antrim. At one point teams were involved in the Antrim leagues from U-12 age group up to Senior level where Camogie was played in Division 3.

Following a bleak spell when many of the Senior players went to University and a team could not field at Senior level, club numbers dwindled and the only Camogie being played was at U-8 and U-10.

Ciaran Ward of Harbour Lights Café Carlough presents a new set of jerseys for the St John’s Camogie Club Under 12 team to club chairman Eamon McFadden, while looking on are team members Aoife, Daisy, Tegan, Orla, Michaela and Ciara.

In the past 3 years a lot of hard work has been put into strengthening the Club in terms of playing numbers and positive engagement through building links/relationships with our local community. St John’s want to stop the steady stream of talented players leaving for bigger clubs around the Glens and now have a strong foundation to do so by providing local girls the opportunity to play Camogie, improve their physical and mental well-being whilst benefiting from the many advantages that come from being part of a team sport.

2020 has been our busiest year so far building on the success of our participation in the “Mum and Me” project in 2019 and in 2020 for the first time in a number of years, the Club played in the Mid Antrim League at U-12. Our players come from all sections of the community, bringing children together from our three local schools; St Johns Primary School Carnlough, Seaview Integrated Primary School in Glenarm and Carnlough Integrated Primary School. All the schools have been instrumental in our recent success as have our valued parents and guardians of the players.

Like all Clubs we have seen first-hand the effect and impact COVID-19 has had on the community in Carnlough and whilst this has hindered play for both training and games, it has also allowed much development work to carry on in the background. During COVID we have worked hard to engage with all our members and involve them in organised positive activities. Recently we produced a video supporting the NHS, which was widely shared on social media, passing on the challenge to other Camogie Clubs to do the same. We also ran online Camogie skills competitions and online quizzes using prizes donated from local GAA suppliers, these were very popular.

As we leave 2020 behind, the future is still filled with many uncertainties and only time will tell when we get back to playing Camogie. However we as a Club look forward to this with much excitement and enthusiasm as we will be playing in both U-12 and also U-14 league in 2021. The hard work is now paying off and the launch of our U-12 kit and sponsor is another step in this exciting journey.

We are grateful for our sponsor Ciaran Ward of Harbour Lights Café and with a new kit and the sea air behind us, the future for St Johns Camogie is surely bright.

Finally a Happy Christmas and a very happy New Year to our members and supporters and wider GAA and Camogie community.

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