Manchester Airport lends a hand to Gaelic football club

Youngsters at St Lawrence's Gaelic football team with their new equipment

Youngsters at St Lawrence's Gaelic football team with their new equipment

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ST Lawrence’s Gaelic Football Club, based in Stretford, has been awarded £1,500 from The Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund.

The club provides Gaelic football for men, women and children in the south Manchester area and has been established since 1981.

The club has developed since the 1980s and last year established a women’s team to accompany its successful men’s and youth teams.

With teams from Under 8s through to adult level, equipment was key on the clubs agenda and early this year the club applied to The Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund.

The fund is a pot of cash partly generated from fines levied on aircraft that have breached the airport’s stringent noise limits.

Applications are considered four times a year by a board of trustees from Manchester Airport as well as the local authorities. As a result, along with seven other community groups from the Trafford area, St Lawrence’s GAA Club became successful applicants.

The club put all the money towards buying equipment including cones, first aid kits, hoops, water bottles as well as the specialist equipment for Gaelic games including goals, footballs and flags.

Jimmy Wray, chairman of St Lawrence’s, said: “We are very grateful for the grant and with our club going from strength to strength in numbers at both adult and youth level, the money received will play dividends in our continuing success.”

Based at Turn Moss Playing Fields, in Stretford, St Lawrence’s has strong links with schools in the Stretford, Urmston, Chorlton, Sale and Altrincham areas.

St Lawrence’s is always looking for more people to join the club and anyone is welcome to come and try the sport.

The men’s teams train on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm. The women train on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and the youth teams, under 8s to under 18s, train at 3pm on Saturdays.

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