Céilim Gannon and Igor Bartosiak were chosen by RTE to film a promo for their new series ‘Football’s Next Star’ in the Aviva Stadium. Jake O’Neill was also chosen but unfortunately he was too young and couldn’t attend. Former pupil Jonathon Egan and Brandon Kinsella from Marian College completed the quartet of footballers. Here is Céilim and Igor’s account of their day filming:

Jonathon Tormey from the FAI picked us up from school at 1:30pm and we went straight to the Aviva. The RTE film crew from TRTE were there and we started filming straight away for a promo called ‘Can you kick it?’ There were 2 directors and a cameraman and sound engineer. We had to dribble with a ball through cones and shoot into a goal. We had to re-shoot the scenes from different angles. We learned that making TV programmes takes a long time! We played football tennis and had heading competitions and also played ‘keppie uppie’. We also had to ask quiz questions for the viewers of ‘Football’s Next Star’ which will appear in the programme. We were given popcorn, jellies and water and then went on a tour of the stadium. We got to sit in the manager’s chair and saw the dressing rooms and warm-up areas. It was cool to see inside the stadium. They even have an astro pitch inside the stadium for warming up the players indoors. The edited programme should be on trte’s facebook site next week so you can see us in action then.

Céilim & Igor