An €85,000 grant for Sail Training Ireland (STIRL) means 100 more youngsters to gain sailing experience.

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds set sail after grant boost

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds set sail after grant boost

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds set sail after grant boost

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds set sail after grant boost

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds set sail after grant boost
Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds set sail after grant boost
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One hundred extra young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are to gain experience on board tall ships and other vessels.

Extra funding for Sail Training Ireland (STIRL) was announced on Friday by Irish defence minister Paul Kehoe.

It will benefit young people from disadvantaged areas, including travellers and people with disabilities.

Mr Kehoe, accompanied by Minister with disabilities minister Finian McGrath, announced the provision of a grant of €85,000 in 2019 and again in 2020.

Defence Minister Paul Kehoe (left) and Minister with Responsibility for Disabilities Finian McGrath (right) with Dylan Nelson (second right) and David McDonagh  at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club in Dublin. (Brian Lawless/PA)

STIRL’s youth ambassador Dylan Nelson, 24, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, says he would love to see more young people get involved.

“The word I use most is equality, and everyone aboard the ship – no matter what ability you have – is equal,” he said.

“I was once caught in a storm on board during a voyage. I flew out of my wheelchair which was strapped in during gale force winds. So, yeah, I’ve had a few eventful moments.

“But on board, there’s no difference between me and you, whether it’s early starts, sailing itself or washing the dishes.

“I’d like to see more young people, it doesn’t matter where you come from, get in touch with Sail Training Ireland and we’ll get you out sailing.”

In 2018, Sail Training Ireland placed 341 young people on training vessels.

More than 90 percent of them were from disadvantaged backgrounds and over 25 percent of those placed on voyages had a disability.

In some instances, the opportunities provided by Sail Training Ireland have allowed young people to turn their lives around

Trainees are selected by nominating organisations, including HSE, Garda Diversion Projects, Tulsa, Irish Wheelchair Association and the Irish Refugee Council.

A total of 37 nominating organisations provided trainees for placement in 2018.

In terms of gender balance, of the 341 trainees in 2018, 185 were male with 156 female.

Trainees have come from over 25 counties in Ireland which includes five in Northern Ireland.

Speaking on board the Brian Boru vessel at Poolbeg Yacht Club in Dublin, Minister Kehoe said:  “Many of the young people that will be selected for these projects have experienced significant difficulties and hardships in their lives.

Finian McGrath (left) and Paul Kehoe aboard the Brian Boru (Brian Lawless/PA)

“In some instances, the opportunities provided by Sail Training Ireland have allowed young people to turn their lives around.”

Minister McGrath believes the initiative is be a model for other sporting groups to follow.

He said: “This is all about creating a more inclusive society.

“Sail Training Ireland have shown their commitment to working with people with a disability and work to teach new skills and develop young people’s self esteem.”

- Press Association

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Arjen Robben urges Callum Hudson-Odoi to quit Chelsea and join Bayern Munich

Arjen Robbne has urged Callum Hudson-Odoi to move to Bayern Munich.

Robben insists that it is always the hardest thing for any young player to get regular games with Bayern desperate to sign the Chelsea teenager.

Bayern have made a £35m bid for 18-year-old Hudson-Odoi who is regarded as one of English football’s best young prospects.

Jadon Sancho broke into the England squad after moving to Borussia Dortmund and now Hudson-Odoi wants to do the same with Bayern and has turned down a new contract after getting frustrated at a lack of games with Chelsea.

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben attends a press conference

Bayern winger Robben, 34, a former Chelsea star, told beIN Sports: “He is one of the best (young players) in Europe. You are better off getting your chance and if you get that chance then you have to take it.

“For young players, it’s always the same. First, you have to take the big step to achieve it. Become a professional football player at the highest level, get into the first team, get your place.

“Then, second, which can be more important, what’s sometimes missing is that you have to stay there. Staying there is often more difficult than actually becoming a footballer in the first place.

“You have to to prove it, game after game, season after season and don’t be happy.

"Don’t just be happy when you achieve something little or small.”

Chelsea's English midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi controls the ball

Chelsea could file a complaint to FIFA over Bayern Munich's pursuit of Hudson-Odoi.

Bayern have made no secret of their interest with sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirming their hopes of signing Hudson-Odoi.

But Chelsea are prepared to go straight to FIFA if they believe Bayern have made an illegal approach for their player, reports ESPN.

It is believed Bayern are in contact with Hudson-Odoi's camp with the teenager thought to have no plans to sign a new deal.

However, they accept it would be difficult to prove the potential accusations of "tapping up".

Hudson-Odoi has started Chelsea's last two matches including Tuesday's Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham .

Lucky escape for students after school bus crashes in Donegal

Six students had a lucky escape after a school bus crashed into a garden wall in Co Donegal this afternoon.

The Bus Eireann bus, which is operated by a local company, crashed into the wall at Lismonaghan on the outskirts of Letterkenny.

The bus was coming down a steep hill when it collided with the garden wall on a bend in the road.

The driver of the bus was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital as a precaution but his injuries are not understood to be serious.

The damaged school bus that was involved in an accident outside Lettekenny. (North West Newspix)
 

The crash happened just around 4pm as students were being left off.

None of the students needed hospital treatment.

The crashed school bus that thankfully no one was injured in. (North West Newspix)
 

Considerable damage was caused to the front of the bus including its windscreen which was smashed.

Gardai were on the scene in minutes and a full investigation into the cause of the crash has been launched.

The crashed school bus that thankfully no one was injured in. (North West Newspix)
 

A Garda spokesman said: "The driver has been taken to hospital but I understand that his injuries are not serious.

"The students were taken from the bus and none of them received any injuries. A full investigation into the cause of the crash has started."

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