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John McCarthy

Sports 4 Success / Level 2

Awardee 2005

Sports 4 Success / Level 2
Heather Rosen
Paul O’Hara

Sports 4 Success is an after schools education programme for boys and girls aged between 9-12 years who are educationally disadvantaged.

The Challenge

Issues of education, health, physical ability, life skills, and social skills can be collectively addressed through the medium of sport.

John is a former Maths and Science teacher from Limerick. He spent 11 years in Moscow during the end of the Cold War period and founded a large retail and trading company, Irlasto, which was a joint venture with Stoilichny Bank. John had cultivated a keen interest in sports over many years, including Gaelic games, soccer, rugby and athletics. On returning to Ireland, he decided to combine his love of sports with his entrepreneurial experience.

The Idea

In September 2000, John drew on his past experience in education and sport and established Sports 4 Success. Sports 4 Success is an innovative Mentor Programme for primary level pupils operating at various third level institutes throughout the country. The Programme uses the medium of sport to encourage a change in attitudes to learning while improving self-esteem and social skills.

The Impact

S4S is involved in 31 different schools throughout the country. The emphasis of the programme is on learning as a fun experience, and both participants and mentors have found this innovative method of teaching a very rewarding experience.

The Educational Disadvantage Centre within St. Patrick’s College, Dublin, has been coordinating Sports 4 Success in the college since 2004 and it finished another successful run at the end of March 2012. Sport 4 Success also continues with boys from St Vincent's Junior National School in North William Street. It is envisaged that every boy in the school will attend the after school club on the St Patrick's College campus over the academic year 2013-2014.

John McCarthy, Elevator Award, 2005

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