Derry City’s under-13 and under-15 squads were at the Brandywell on Wednesday evening as the players were given ECG tests as part of their overall fitness assessments.
It was the second day of screening to take place at the club recently after the under-17’s and under-19’s were given their tests on Saturday afternoon.
The ECG testing is a joint venture between the FAI and Brendan O’Carroll, the Mrs Brown’s Boys star who is a big fan of the local game and an advocate of the heart screening programme.
Mr O’Carroll and his wife Jenny have invested in a long-term venture that provides the ECG tests as well as First Aid and CPR training for all clubs involved in the underage game in Ireland.
The FAI have recently confirmed that all players participating in their underage leagues will be screened every three years.
Wednesday’s tests were well received by players and their parents alike with Noel Scott, father of City under-13 player Eoghan paying tribute to the progress being made at the Brandywell club.
“These boys have only been together since December but the difference even in that short time has been huge. There is a real professional feel to things and health screening is a fantastic initiative even at this early stage. It is of course great for us as parents to have confidence in the club’s approach to the boys’ health and wellbeing.”
“I don’t want to single people out but once you have someone like Paddy McCourt driving things forward you know you’re in good hands.”