PROVINCIAL Council of Britain GAA Chairperson Sean Hackett believes we’re in for a “truly spectacular weekend” as the annual All-Britain Competition returns bigger and better than ever today.
For the first time in its five-year existence, the event will be stretched across four days to accommodate the growing demand to take part in the youth tournament, which gets underway in Greenford at 10.30am.
Primary School teams are up first, while Friday morning will see Secondary Schools take to the pitch at the home of Tir Chonaill Gaels, before the ABC Go Games (Under 8s and Under 10s) get underway in the afternoon.
Under 12s to Under 18s will participate on Saturday and Sunday and Hackett is braced for the influx of gales with excitement and pride.
“The Provincial Council of Britain GAA is delighted to welcome our young Gaels from across the country to the Tir Chonaill Gaels Grounds in Greenford for this year's All-Britain Competition,” he told The Irish Post, proud sponsors of the event.
“This is the 5th annual ABC and yet again this year we have seen an increase in the number of teams that we have participating, so the event will be run over four days for the very first time.
“There is expected to be in excess of 500 children in attendance each day at the ABC with over 2,000 young people set to descend on Greenford over the course of the weekend.
“It is an honour and a privilege for us to have an event of this magnitude here in Britain and it is a fantastic tribute to all the great work that is going on at grassroots level within the Province that the ABC continues to go from strength to strength each year.
“We are all looking forward to what promises to be another truly spectacular weekend for Britain GAA.”