Lidl Ireland is proud to officially launch the Lidl #SeriousSupport Schools Programme, supported by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association and delivered by the Youth Sports Trust. Lidl Ireland have invested significantly in this initiative, which aims to reduce the drop-off rate in sport participation amongst girls aged 11-14 years.

26 schools annually will partner with one of Lidl’s 12 athlete mentors, who are current or former elite-level inter-county players. Their experience is at the highest level and all have inspiring stories to share and are committed to using sport to transform the lives of young people. The athlete mentors will introduce students to the Lidl values, which are key to the success of elite athletes.

Dublin player Carla Rowe and Donegal’s Eilish Ward are returning mentors and they’ll be joined by Aoife McDonnell (Donegal), Amy Roddy (Mayo), Ann Marie Doran (Wicklow), Laurie Ryan (Clare), Méabh De Búrca (New York/Galway), Orlagh Farmer (Cork), Samantha Lambert (Tipperary), Siobhan Sheerin (Tyrone), Therese Scott (Monaghan) and Tiana Kyle (Meath). All schools involved will receive inspirational assembly talks, #SeriousSupport workshops from their mentors and will then undertake a Ladies Gaelic Football project of their own throughout the year, applying the concepts they’ve learned through the workshops.

Research undertaken by Lidl into how sport participation impacts the lives of women both on and off the pitch, and the factors that influence dropout rates, showed that by age 13, 1 in 2 girls drop out of sport. Girls are 3 times more likely to give up sport than boys. Yet, it was discovered that girls who continue to play team sports are 4 times more likely to feel body confident, 50% feel more supported and 80% are more likely to have positive mental wellbeing when compared with their peers who do not play sport.

Originally piloted in 7 schools before being rolled out fully across a further 26 schools in the 2019-20 school year, the Lidl #SeriousSupport Schools Programme delivered proven results and provided schools with the opportunity to make a considerable impact amongst their female students. A survey of students after the initial 2019-20 programme found that 98% felt it improved their teamwork, 96% said it enhanced their aspirations and 92% increased their confidence as a result.

Since 2016, €5 million has already been invested in The Ladies Gaelic Football Association by Lidl Ireland through programmes which include Lidl’s Future Stars, Post Primary Schools and Club competitions which continue to drive awareness of the sport across the country.


The schools who will participate in the Lidl #SeriousSupport Schools Programme in 2021-22 are as follows:


Carlow St Leo’s College
Cavan Loreto Cavan
Clare St Joseph’s Spanish Point
Cork Scoil Mhuire Kanturk
Donegal Abbey Vocational School
Dublin Coláiste Ghlór na Mara
Galway Presentation College Tuam
Kerry Presentation Tralee
Kildare Ardscoil Rathangan
Kilkenny Presentation Kilkenny
Laois Scoil Chríost Rí
Leitrim Lough Allen College
Limerick Salesian Pallaskenry
Longford Mercy Ballymahon
Louth Sacred Heart Drogheda
Mayo Sacred Heart Westport
Meath Coláiste Na Mí
Monaghan Our Lady’s Castleblayney
Offaly Oaklands Community College
Roscommon Castlerea Community School
Sligo Coláiste Muire Ballymote
Tipperary Ursuline Secondary School Thurles
Waterford St Angela’s Secondary School
Westmeath Moate CS
Wexford Creagh College
Wicklow Coláiste Chill Mhantáin


#LGFASupport Schools Programme Competition 

We are also delighted to confirm that one post primary/second level school from each of Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone has been selected to participate in the #LGFASupport Programme,  plus they will win a set of jerseys for the school.


The schools are as follows: 

Antrim: St Louise’s
Armagh: Lismore
Derry: Loreto Coleraine
Down: St Mary’s Newry
Fermanagh: St Kevins
Tyrone: St Ciarans Ballygawley

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