Saturday, 21 July 2007

Andy Fitzgerald

THE death of a 10-year old Andy from Grange, who was killed when goalposts at his summer soccer camp collapsed on him, has led the Department of Education to provide funding to replace unsafe physical education equipment.

The Department is allocating 2,000 euro for each primary school and 4,000 euro for every secondary school to help them renew sports equipment, with goalposts identified as a priority.

Andrew Fitzgerald, Grange, Kilmallock, had been attending a soccer camp in Bruff in August 2004, when an FAI-approved target net fixed to a portable goalpost was caught in a gust of wind, pulling it down on top of him.

He was the only child of Miriam and Patrick Fitzgerald, who have campaigned to get unsafe and unsecured goalposts replaced nationwide, following a number of injuries and fatalities.

The National Standards Authority of Ireland is also working on new standards for portable goalposts for sports such as soccer, Gaelic games and rugby. Schools have been issued with draft guidelines on ensuring goalposts comply with the highest safety levels, in the interim period

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