McDonnell named as GPA ambassador for Programme

May 10th, 2014 | Senior Football

McDonnell named as GPA ambassador for Programme

THE Gaelic Players Association is delighted to announce that it will be supporting the Alan Kerins Discovery Programme as part of the Association’s Social Responsibility commitment for 2014.
This support will see former Armagh star and footballer of the year Stevie McDonnell travel to Zambia as a GPA ambassador later this month on this unique programme led by social entrepreneur and former Galway dual star Alan Kerins.
Speaking about the partnership, GPA chairman Dónal Óg Cusack, who has travelled to Zambia on a number of occasions with Alan Kerins in the past, said: “The GPA is thrilled to partner the Alan Kerins Discovery Programme this year and to support Stevie McDonnell as the players’ ambassador on this unique journey. The benefit of participating in a programme like this is two-way and the players body itself will be enriched by Stevie’s experience. I wish all involve the very best of luck with the visit to Zambia and we look forward to working with the Programme again later in the year.”
Programme director Alan Kerins added: “We are delighted to partner with the GPA this year and look forward to working closely with players and members in delivering these key opportunities which are very much aligned to the aims of the GPA’s personal development programmes.”
The Alan Kerins Discovery Programme is a 10 day life-changing experience that immerses participants in a powerful combination of people, place and opportunity.
The people and place are the breathtaking and inspiring communities of Zambia and the opportunity is for the participants to strip away all daily noise and distraction and by doing so get a rare opportunity to be coached in uncovering and rediscovering their most intimate and passionate values and ambitions.
Participants will receive unique access to renowned performance coach Gerry Hussey who has worked with leading teams such as the Irish Olympic boxing team and Munster rugby.
Each participant will be mentored through a series of powerful daily workshops which will give them invaluable skills and techniques in achieving a new, more focused and energised approach to both their personal and professional lives.
Participants will be immersed into the inspiring and key projects funded and operated by the Alan Kerins Projects.
These include many youth development programme, schools and university infrastructure and programmes, sports facilities and many training enterprises and development initiatives aimed at developing and achieving sustainable communities.
Other partners include Vodafone, Newstalk, NUIG UNESCO chair, Topform, Hewlett Packard Galway and many other leading organisations who share the values and ethos of the Programme.
Mark Gantly, Managing Director of HP Galway, described the Programme as “one of the most telling experiences of his life.”

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