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Laois GAA’s Coiste na nOg chairman calls for safe return as training to commence next week

Alan Langton Laois GAA

Laois GAA’s Coiste na nOg chairman Alan Langton has called for clubs, players and parents to behave responsibly when training returns next week.

From Monday, clubs around the county are permitted to run training sessions for children for the first time in 2021.

There are strict guidelines in relation to keeping to pods of 15 and non-contact – and according to Langton, these are all aimed at keeping people safe from Covid-19 infection.

Speaking on Laois TV, he spoke about the excitement that was in the organisation and being able to make their first positive steps for 2021.

He said: “The day is fast approaching when we can get back onto our GAA pitches with our underage teams.

“I know everyone has been looking forward for this to happen for the last number of months.

“Everyone has put in a massive shift to get us to this point so let’s stay safe by doubling down on the progress we have made.

“Follow the guidance, follow the protocols and return to play safely.

“We want to see everyone back, your teammates want to see everyone back. Whether you have played hurling or football in the past or not, clubs will only be too delighted to see you coming this year.

“We look forward to a programme of games but the big message is to stay safe, enjoy yourself and we look forward to seeing you on your pitches this year.”

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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.