About Kick Start Movements
Founded in 2017, KSM was developed by former Dublin football players, Michael McCarthy and William Lowry. Their vision is to teach and coach children on nutrition and physical education in a fun, effective manner; with the aim of increasing a child's participation in physical activity. This will help them grow in confidence and increase their skill levels, with the aim of reducing the growing number of childhood obesity cases. With the aid of Prof Niall Moyna (Operation Transformation, Doctor in the House) and the GPA (Gaelic Players Association) Kick Start Movements is a very successful programme for children aged 2 to 7. Whilst also driven by their passion for sport and innate love of children, Michael and William have made a commitment to help nurture precious talent from a young age. Both co-founders are qualified in Level 8 BA in Education and Training from DCU, and carried out extensive research before creating Kick Start Movements.
Meet The Team
Micheál Mc Carthy, Co-Founder
Micheál is also one of the Co-Founders of Kick Start Movements which was set up in 2017. Prior to this, Micheál attended DCU from 2012 to 2016 where he gained a BA degree level 8 in Education and Training. Before deciding to return to study as a mature student, Micheál spent 2 years in a sales role in Profind, a wholesale pharmaceutical company for pharmacies across Ireland. Micheál also is qualified as a VETAC level 8 gym fitness instructor and Level 8 in child nutrition. He is a proud All-Ireland winner with the Dublin football senior football team in 2011.
William Lowry, Co-Founder
William is also a Co-Founder of Kick Start Movements. William is qualified with a BA degree level 8 in Education and Training and level 8 in child nutrition. He proudly represented Dublin in football and hurling and was an all-Ireland club winner with St Vincent's in 2008.
Kate Sullivan- Head Coach
Kate joined Kickstart Movements in 2021. Prior to joining Kate completed her studies, attaining level 7 qualifications in Business Studies and Pharmacy Technician. Kate has been a member of the Dublin Senior Ladies Football Team since 2019, winning 3 All Ireland titles to date. She has also won an All Ireland intermediate championship title with her club St. Sylvester’s, Malahide. Kate has run many successful GAA training camps across different age groups and skill levels in the greater Dublin area.
Dannielle Lawless - Coach
Dannielle joined Kickstart Movements in 2022. She attended DCU from 2018-2022 where she gained a level 8 BSc degree in Sport Science and Health. Throughout her degree, she spent 4 years working in a Physiotherapy clinic as a receptionist. She very proudly represented Dublin ladies for 5 years and is a proud All Ireland winner in 2018. Dannielle also captained her club team St.Sylvester’s to All Ireland victory in 2022.