GAA reveal new Celtic Challenge competition for non-exam students

It starts next month

GAA reveal new Celtic Challenge competition for non-exam students

Celtic Challenge Event Launch, Croke Park, Dublin 19/4/2016 GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail, Waterford manager Derek McGrath and Clare's Pa Kelly with from (L-R) James Mulcahy, Dublin, Aaron Deegan, Kildare, Gary Hughes, Wicklow, Conor Carbberry, Dublin, and Barry Doyle, North Wexford ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

The GAA has revealed the details of a new national hurling competition that will cater for 16 and 17 year-olds who aren't sitting State Examinations this summer.

The Celtic Challenge will start next month and will feature a total of 38 teams from across 31 counties.

It will include county as well as regional sides that will take part across seven groups that are determined on a geographical and developmental basis.

There will be 1,000 players involved in a programme of 110 matches that take place over seven weeks.

The competition will also feature a bonus-point system for the group stages with teams earning a bonus point if they score two or more goals or if they lose a match by five points or less.

"I believe our young players will embrace the Celtic Challenge as a chance to showcase their skill and to test themselves against their peers. This represents a new departure for hurling and will see an increase of almost 100 extra games being played with more than 800 additional players being involved," said GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail.

The full list of the 38 teams taking part in the Celtic Challenge 2016 is:

Galway City/West, Leitrim, Mayo, North Galway, Roscommon, Sligo, Carlow Dublin – Clarke, Dublin – Plunkett, Dublin – Pearse, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, North Wexford, Offaly, South Kilkenny, South Wexford, Westmeath, Wicklow, Cork City, Kerry, Limerick City, North Clare, South/East Clare, North Cork, South Tipperary, Waterford City, West Limerick, Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Derry, Down, Donegal, Monaghan, Tyrone.