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Sunday 25 September 2016

Kids say that sport should be cherished

THE AIG Dublin Féile Division 1 trophy honours the young life of Emma Jones.

Emma played for Templeogue Synge Street.

She played football with a song in her heart.

"May Emma continue to inspire us," read the line in the Feile programme.

The programme included 'The Young Player's Charter.'

It's a message that every sports-person should carry.

It's the voice of the young player. It carries so much wisdom.

It talks about respecting your opponents and the rules. About respecting the referees decision.

Shaking hands with opponents before and after each game.

About promising "to do our best to improve our skill and help our team-mates."

It asks adults to applaud rather than "criticise our efforts and the efforts of our opponents.

"We are playing for enjoyment, to be with our friends and to make new friends.

"We ask people to remember that we are learning to play a game that should give us a lifetime of enjoyment.

"We may have to risk making errors in order to learn. Please give us a chance."

That's all that a kid ever asks...........to give them a chance.

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