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Clonaslee College welcomes ‘The Gooch’

Colm 'Gooche' Cooper in his role as Youth Ambassador for AIB, School Bank Manager Rachel Stephenson and Nora White, Student Officer AIB Tullamore with other bank management.
Back Row: Helen Aspell, Melissa de Kruyff, Colm Cooper, Devin Creagh, Kieran Dunphy, Norah Whyte (AIB)
Front Row: Craig Burke, Rachel Stephenson, Helena Conroy
Picture: Jeff Harvey/HR Photo

Colm 'Gooche' Cooper in his role as Youth Ambassador for AIB, School Bank Manager Rachel Stephenson and Nora White, Student Officer AIB Tullamore with other bank management. Back Row: Helen Aspell, Melissa de Kruyff, Colm Cooper, Devin Creagh, Kieran Dunphy, Norah Whyte (AIB) Front Row: Craig Burke, Rachel Stephenson, Helena Conroy Picture: Jeff Harvey/HR Photo

Kerry footballer Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper visited Clonaslee College last week to lend some advice, support, and GAA tips to the students in his role as Youth Ambassador for AIB.

The transition year students from Clonaslee are running their very own school bank as part of AIB’s Build a Bank Challenge 2014.

After an insightful talk, Colm shared his GAA skills and tips with a coaching session for both the students and teachers.

The AIB Build a Bank Challenge is one of Ireland’s largest transition year competitions, with over 200 schools involved. Students develop their management, marketing and people skills by implementing creative customer loyalty programmes and fully exploiting technology to create a successful school bank.

Colm, who has been travelling around the country visiting the different schools involved in the challenge, said that the students in Clonaslee have really impressed him with their hard work, innovation and customer focus.

“My advice to the students is to be creative with their bank, make full use of new ways to market their bank through social media tools, and most importantly, have fun.

“The future looks bright for enterprise and GAA in Ireland,” he said.

With the support of AIB Tullamore Branch Manager Mr Kevin Kelly and Youth Officer Ms Nora Whyte, together with School Principal Ms Noreen Sweeney, and the staff and pupils from Clonaslee College, the Build a Bank Challenge has been both educational and enjoyable for all involved.

Clonslee College reached the National Finals last year, and they hope to continue this success in 2014.

The regional finals take place in February, where the students will present their experience of running their school bank together as a team and highlight the successes and challenges they faced to a panel of AIB judges.

The top four winning schools from each regional final will go forward to the National Final in April in the RDS, to compete for the top prize of €5,000 for their school and the title of AIB Build a Bank National Champion.

 

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