Newly formed Gaelic football team claim British championship

The victorious St Colmcilles U14 Gaelic football team

The victorious St Colmcilles U14 Gaelic football team - Credit: Archant

St Colmcilles Gaelic Athletic Club have been crowned British champions for the first time in their history – with a team that has only existed for three months.

The U14 girl’s team at the Cotlandswick-based club picked up the title at the All Britain Youth Gaelic Football Championships in Greenford, London.

The championship is the pinnacle of youth gaelic football and runs over three days with 2,000 participants from schools and GAA Clubs all over England, Scotland, and Wales.

St Colmcilles had seven teams competing across the U8 to U14 age groups.

The U14s dominated their group games with blistering displays of skill and pace before going on to a beat Tir Chonaill Gaels of London in the final.

A spokesman for the club said: “The U14s, who were formed in April, have shown great grit and determination throughout the training season, and an exceptional ability to quickly adapt to a new sport.

He added: “This is the first time St Colmcilles have won an All Britain Championship and the club is very proud of this achievement.

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“Congratulations need to go to manager Neil Gallagher, coaches Eilis Moran, Laura Fitzpatrick, Ellen Beary and Alan Murray.

And a huge thanks to Active St Albans who support the Gaelic for Girls programme at St Colmcilles.”