Why the student lifestyle was the secret to Jamie Barron’s 2017 Deise form

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Why the student lifestyle was the secret to Jamie Barron's 2017 Deise form


Jamie Barron puts his brilliant form last year down to a student lifestyle – and admits he’s thinking about teaching as a profession in a bid to replicate that schedule.

Barron graduated from UCC in October – he has a masters degree in Food Business – and is going into full-time employment with Radleys in Dungarvan next week.

But he is considering doing an online teaching degree as a longer term plan.

“Being in college helped a lot,” said the midfield general, reflecting on why he had a successful 2017 on a personal level.

Waterford’s Jamie Barron celebrates scoring his sides opening goal

“It’s having time to sort your schedule and go down to the gym, recovery, do whatever you want really compared to a guy who was working.

“So I think the college lifestyle helps a lot of players at that stage.

“I’m probably thinking if I can do a bit of teaching for a few years and if I want to move away from it then when all the inter county hurling is over, I can, a lot of options there then.”

Players in the modern game often have to fit careers around their quasi-professional GAA commitments, but Barron says primary school teaching does appeal.

“I get on well with kids so don’t think it would be a bad option for me anyway without GAA,” he commented.

“Even my parents would say it to me, ‘If you want to play GAA at the highest level, teaching would probably be the best option for you’.

“My grandmother was a teacher and she always said it to me. I suppose I didn’t listen at the start but now I’m kind of starting to realise that it probably is.”

Asked if top players these days are able to work nine to give and at weekends and still play intercounty football or hurling, Barron replied: “I suppose it depends on where you are working.

Cork’s Aidan Walsh under pressure from Jamie Barron and Kevin Moran of Waterford

“If you are working in Dublin you are 9-5, and then going back to training at half 7 in Waterford, you’re going back into rush hour traffic there and it’s not really going to suit.

“I think if you get a job at home and you’re finished up at half 3 you have an hour or two to lie down or prepare meals or something like that.

“Obviously it would be nice to be a professional GAA player, but at the end of the day it’s not the GAA ethos.

“The GAA is built on clubs and community spirit and all that. I think it’s always going to stay as an amateur sport.

“I think most players would like to be professional, but I can’t see that happening”.

An independent evaluation by Waterford IT has revealed that the GAA Healthy Club Project (HCP) is already showing significant and lasting improvements to the health of communities across Ireland. Stemming from this, the Healthy Club Project is calling on further clubs to make the GAA a healthier place for everyone to enjoy, by signing up to this transformative initiative. Clubs can apply to participate in the Healthy Club Project by completing the online form on www.gaa.ie/community The closing date is Monday, January 29th.

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