Tuesday June 9th saw the launch of VHI GAA Cul Camps 2009 in Dr Morris Park, Thurles. Proceedings commenced with a Smart Touch Hurling and Football Go Games Blitz. Two hundred boys and girls from schools in West and South Tipperary took part in this end of school year blitz which was organised by Games Promotion Officers, Kevin Halley and Johnny Cummins. A special word of thanks to Johnny and Kevin along with the Club School coaches, who organised the games and thanks also to the parents and others who came along to support the children.

The official launch of the VHI GAA Cul Camps was opened by Dinny Maher, Tipperary County Games Manager, who thanked VHI for their continued sponsorship of the camps. Forty Four Clubs will host camps this year catering for an estimated 4,000 children. Eighty qualified and fully trained Coaches will be employed over the course of the Summer. Each participant will receive a VHI GAA Cul Camp Kit which includes jersey, togs, socks, kit bag as well as a medal and certificate of enrolment.

On behalf of main sponsors, VHI, Karen Ryan wished everyone involved the best of luck, especially the children who will be participating and the clubs who will be hosting.

This year Tipperary are again delighted to be in a position to offer ten free places to Barnardos, the child welfare organisation. Mary O’Gorman, on behalf of Barnardos, expressed her appreciation to Tipperary VHI GAA Cul Camps and the VHI. She said that the ten free places would make some less fortunate children very happy.

The 2009 VHI GAA Cul Camps were then officially launched by Liam Sheedy, Tipperary Senior Hurling Manager, who was also accompanied by senior hurling panellists, Shane McGrath and Seamus Callanan, who are also VHI GAA Cul Camp ambassadors, and Andrew Morrissey, captain of the Tipperary Senior Football team. Liam in his address encouraged as many children as possible to avail of the camps. He wished the organisers and clubs well and also stated that the Tipperary hurlers would be delighted to visit the camps. We are very grateful to Liam, Shane, Seamus and Andrew for attending.

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