The St Michael's club in Magheralin is certainly finding cause for optimism following a successful VHI Cúl Camp.
The club hosted a huge number of participants in the event which underlined the depth of under-age talent within the club. The Youth Committee, which helped to oversee the event, now plan to build on the success of the Camp.
Spokesman Oliver McKeown explains: "We had hoped initially that we might get a decent response but in the event we were more than delighted with the way things went. There was great enthusiasm shown by all the participants and this proved to us just how great the interest is in gaelic games here. Obviously we now want to maintain this level of enthusiasm through our own under-age structures within the club."
St Michael's, which draws its players from Magheralin and Kilwarlin, is one of the more progresssive clubs in Down and has spawned many fine players over the years.
"Maybe we are not up there with the real big guns but there is still a lot happening here. The children who attended the Cúl Camp showed that they are willing to learn the skills of our games and we certainly aim to try and ensure that they are given every encouragement," adds Oliver.
In common with other clubs throughout Down, St Michael's believe that the benefits of Cúl Camps are many-sided.
"For a start, they provide an outlet for youngsters during the summer and they offer a stepping stone in terms of organised games. Also, I believe that the quality of the coaches and helpers is such that the children cannot fail to learn from them. I hope that the Cúl Camp idea goes from strength to strength" adds Oliver.