Every young guy in a boxing club knows the benefits of being in that environment and when you consider how other sports are promoted in schools, I feel the time has come for my sport to be given the same profile.
The GAA seems to have got itself into an extremely uncomfortable position following its decision to arrange a raft of early-season competitions that, rather than having solved problems, appear to have sparked a fixtures quagmire.
He may have rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in the game, travelled the world and represented our wee country with distinction, but it wasn't enough to prevent Herbie Barr being axed by his own football association!
I have to take my hat off to Tyrone. When it became clear that Healy Park, Omagh was unplayable in the hours leading up to last weekend's Allianz Football League game against Kerry, officials in the Red Hand County did not hang about.
When Kerry full-forward and captain David Clifford incurred a yellow card in the first half of his team's Allianz Football League Division One defeat to Tyrone last weekend, there were those who were of the view that it was a portent of things to come.
I'm honoured to have been given a framed shirt and Irish League title medal by Crusaders legend Declan Caddell. As a life-long Crusaders fan it really means a lot because the medal is obviously something he could have handed down to his family.
There is no one any more guilty than me when it comes to constantly banging on about needless stoppages and senseless rule changes which I feel are being persistently introduced to football, but it now transpires we're not alone.
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