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Laois minor football boss challenges all children to remain active during Coronavirus outbreak

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Laois minor football manager Mark Bates has challenged all children to remain active each day during the Coronavirus outbreak.

After Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the closure of schools last week in a curb to stem the outbreak, all sporting organisations soon followed suit.

That means that boys and girls, who would have been involved in sporting activity almost every day in a group setting, will no longer be able to do so.

However, Bates says that this does not have to be the case as all you really need is a football or sliotar and a wall.

And so, he is challenging every child to take on the ‘200 Touches Daily Challenge’.

Bates said: “The current situation in Ireland is very new for us all.

“Kids are out of schools and away from their GAA teams – so it is important that we keep improving our skills whilst not able to partake in team training or with friends.

“Skills are the most important thing in Gaelic football/hurling.

“Let’s encourage our young players to do Ball and Wall skills. It gets them out of the house practising in the fresh air and when we are able to get back into our teams again we will be even better than when we stopped.”

Seems like a very good idea to us. Check out what the challenge involves below:

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.