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Ireland WNT squad welcomes local schoolchildren to camp

Over 60 pupils visited team in association with creative writing organisation

The Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team welcomed a group of 60 schoolchildren to their training camp in County Meath on Wednesday.

Sixth class pupils from Scoil San Carlo Senior National School in Leixlip spent time with the players – including Niamh Farrelly and Tyler Toland pictured above – as part of a visit in association with creative writing organisation, Fighting Words.

Founded by famed Dublin writer Roddy Doyle in 2009, Fighting Words aims to help children and young people to discover and harness the power of their own imaginations and creative writing skills.

The children conducted interviews with the Ireland players and watched a training session led by Head Coach Colin Bell at Johnstown House.

And following the meet-and-greet with the squad, the students started work on writing and putting together their very own sports magazine.

The WNT squad are in camp ahead of their International Friendly game against Italy in Reggio Emilia next Tuesday, April 9.

That game is part of the squad’s preparations for the UEFA Women’s European Championship qualifiers which kick-off in September. 

Along with getting photos and autographs of the players, the students got to quiz the squad on all aspects of life as professional footballers – from training and diet, to how they feel about pulling on the green jersey and representing their country.

With help from their teachers and Fighting Words, the pupils will now put together the sports magazine based on everything that they experienced with the players.

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