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Athboy Scales Heights over Summer

A host of sporting activities and the production of a healthy eating recipes were among the activities that Athboy No Name Club was engaged with during the Summer period. The club, which has 12 hosts and hostesses and eight adult committee members, played a lead role in a number of initiatives that brought benefits to the wider community.

Athboy No Name Club were proud participants in an inaugural soccer tournament that brought together youth groups from across Meath. The Culture Cup was designed to promote intercultural dialogue and awareness within Meath through the medium of sport. The event was staged in Mosney and was organised by Meath Partnership (under the Local and Community Development Programme) and the Football Association of Ireland. The Culture Cup promoted equality of opportunity, interaction, respect and integration between different cultures and ethnic groups and brought young people together from diverse backgrounds.

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Pictured at the Culture Cup are, front (left to right), Eoin Duffy and Glen Mahoney, and back (left to right), Ally Doherty, Jason Smith, AJ Ennis and Ryan Hopkins. The two leaders are Dermot Hopkins and Lynn Hanlon.

The following Sunday, July 25th, Athboy No Name Club was busy playing its part in the Meath Heritage Cycle Tour 2010. The club provided assistance at the event that was run over 100km by managing junctions, providing refreshments and carrying out other activities. This helped allow 1,300 cyclists take to the roads and return without any major incident.

Prior to these activities, the 12 hosts and hostesses travelled to Loughcrew on June 30 to partake in a day of challenging activities. A series of challenges allowed the teenagers to build up their team building, survival and co-ordination skills. The activities included rock climbling, assault courses, absailing, orienteering and travelling by zip wire.

The activities have not all been ‘out and about’. Healthy eating recipes were produced by the teenagers and they have created these for dishes such as wholesome vegetable soup, homemade brown bread, homemade beef burgers, quiche and trifle.

These activities over a short period help to highlight the excellent work that the adult committee and teenage members of Athboy No Name Club are undertaking on a regular basis.

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Pictured at a presentation of a €450 grant to Athboy No Name Club by County Meath VEC are, from left; Ally Doherty, Athboy No Name Club; Jenny D’Arcy, Chair of the VEC Youth Club Grant Committee; Sara McCann, Meath Rose; and Elma McMahon, County Meath VEC Youth Office.