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Sports clubs rally to help others during coronavirus outbreak

With Gaelic, football and rugby activities among the sports currently on hold, club members have launched initiatives to assist others

SPORTS clubs across Ireland have been rallying together to help vulnerable and elderly members of their communities amid the coronavirus outbreak.

With Gaelic, football and rugby activities among the sports currently on hold, club members have launched initiatives to assist others during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Among the clubs offering help is Bredagh GAC in Belfast, which has drafted a letter to be delivered by members to their neighbours.

"We are part of a wonderful community here in south and east Belfast," it states.

"Given the unprecedented times that we find ourselves in we would like to extend the hand of friendship and offer our assistance.

"If you need any shopping, medication, messages, bins brought out or household chores completed we are only at the end of a phone. We are happy to help.

"We can leave shopping on the doorstep or even have a chat through a window, whatever suits you."

Four Masters GAA Club in Co Donegal has launched a similar initiative.

On its Facebook page, it said: "If there are any elderly or vulnerable people living in our community that need help getting essential shopping, groceries or fuel don't be afraid to contact us and we will gladly help in any way we can".

Banbridge Town Football Club also said it wants to give back to the community.

It said it "receives a great deal of support from our local community and in these unprecedented and challenging times we want to give something back to help our fans and older generation".

"If anyone would like help or needs things brought to them our committee, staff and first team squad are willing to help."

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