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Tuesday 26 Oct 2021
Steelstown girls are put through their paces by Shiels

Northern Ireland senior women’s team manager Kenny Shiels has been passing on his football knowledge to young members of a Gaelic football team in his native county.

Shiels, who is originally from Maghera in Co Londonderry and now lives in Upperlands in the county, was invited to coach the Under-13 girls’ team from Steelstown Brian Ogs by Jeff Garrett, the Derry-Londonderry club’s coach.

The Northern Ireland manager ran a training session with the girls and encouraged them to work hard on their technique and their fitness among other things.

Jeff, who is a friend of Kenny’s, said his U13s team loved the experience. He also said the players are keen to follow the Northern Ireland senior women’s team's progress.

The NI boss subsequently invited 30 players and staff involved with the Steelstown Brian Ogs U13 team to tonight’s crunch FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 qualifier against Austria in Belfast. 

“The girls are thrilled that they will be special guests at the match,” said Jeff. 

The Steelstown club is located on the outskirts of Derry and its membership is made up of players from the city and nearby rural areas.