University bosses have signed a deal with the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) to teach PE students to become qualified Gaelic football and hurling teachers at secondary schools across the country.
The new course, starting next January at the Bedford campus, will equip 50 current final year BA (Hons) Physical Education studies students to teach Gaelic Games in secondary schools from next year, bringing Irish sports to thousands of UK students.
Dr Sally Bentley, the university’s dean of faculty of education and sport, said: ‘It’s great to be part of bringing international sport to local children through the expertise of our trainee teachers.
“Games, such as hurling and Gaelic football, will enliven and extend children’s opportunities to participate in sport and enjoy the social and health benefits of team games. It also provides our graduates with a unique edge in the employment market.”
Ian Roberts, a professional development manager for PE and outdoor learning at the university added: “Having trained PE teachers for more than 100 years, the University is always trying to stay ahead of the game. Gaelic sports are highly innovative, so we are excited to offer our students training in these sports.”