Shamrock Rovers Bring Jumpers For Goalposts To Tallaght Stadium
Shamrock Rovers F.C. is delighted to have been able to provide a platform for a new community initiative to encourage Men to get active in their local area playing the beautiful game. Jumpers For Goalposts is a community led movement that encourages men of all backgrounds, race, age and ability to come together and play an old-school game of football.
Shamrock Rovers Board Director Mark Lynch said “after seeing a video on twitter of what Keith [Kelly] and his group are trying to do, I called to see if the club could help promote the initiative in some way. After a short conversation we were able to commit to have a J4G game at half time on the Tallaght Stadium pitch during our UEFA Europa league game against Brann on Thursday night. Playing the game in front of the Rovers crowd and the subsequent media promotion will give this great initiative added momentum to reach out to more people and get men playing the game again. Men’s Mental Health awareness is something that the club has been keen to support and this programme will go a long way to encouraging more men to open up with friends and become more socially active.”
The founder of the #JumpersForGoalposts movement Keith Kelly said “I’ve seen firsthand how reaching out and being part of a wider community can offer so much when you’re going through hard times, and even when you’re not. It’s so tempting to sit at home and stare at the phone, the laptop or the telly but you have to ask yourself – ‘is this making me happy?’ That’s why I started Jumpers For Goalposts, to create an alternative, to bring people together.”
“It’s a simple format, it’s free and the benefits have been huge. The lads opened up with each other to share how they were feeling and to give each other a listening ear. There was a buzz about it for weeks afterwards with people asking when is the next one. It’s exactly what is needed in today’s busy world.”
“Lads from other communities have contacted me asking how they can do it and it’s been an amazing thing to chat to them and to support them to plan a match. I’ve been to a few more Jumpers For Goalposts games and the buzz is electric. It’s all about community, craic and a bit of solidarity and support, as so many of us are struggling but don’t often admit it. None of us are getting any younger either so it’s no harm to get a bit of exercise and fresh air into the mix too!”
“To be a part of the Shamrock Rovers game on Thursday night was unbelievable, the club has given me the opportunity to bring #J4G to a wider audience. I mean this is the biggest club in Ireland, with the best facilities around and tonight’s game is a Europa league tie with a huge crowd. Rovers have been amazing, it goes to show how much they care about community projects and also giving #J4G the best chance possible to grow legs. I was out at their academy on Tuesday night watching my mate (Pajo Flynn) Under 19 Shamrock Rovers team play against Crystal Palace with fellow Hoops supporter Graham Merrigan and everywhere you look there’s ex-pros coaching young kids. The future of Irish football is in great hands here at Shamrock Rovers F.C.”
Check out the video of last night’s activity here.
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Those wishing to be part of the wider network of groups coming together are invited to contact Keith Kelly via FB #Jumpers For Goalposts page, Twitter at @KeithKelly97 or www.jumpersforgoalposts.ie