A new card club set up by young local boy is attracting attention from the makers of the highly popular Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon games.
Broghan McClean (12) from Knocklyon loves playing with and trading both sets of cards and knew there must be other kids in the area who also shared his interest.
With the help of his mum, Deirdre, he set up the Kids Cards Club last May and since then his idea has really caught on in south county Dublin.
Meeting every Friday evening at the Firhouse Community Centre from 3.30pm to 5pm, the club has continued to grow beyond Broghan’s wildest dreams.
Now there are members coming from as far as Blackrock and Tallaght to battle, duel and trade cards.
It has become so successful that it is registered with the card manufacturers and has official club status, meaning free mechandise for members.
“Not all kids are sporty, yet it’s important that they still get a chance to socialise.
“When Broghan got into collecting the cards, we figured there had to be other kids with the same shared interest and so we took a chance and ran the club for the month of May.
“And since then, it has just gone from strength to strength.
“We have kids from all over the county travelling to get involved. Mums report that it is especially important for kids who maybe don’t always find it easy to mix socially.
“Because everyone has the same interest, instead of being shy, within two minutes the kids are comparing decks and trading with each other and battling and duelling.
“We even ran a summer and Halloween camp and hope to run a camp during the Christmas holidays too.
“Former players have donated YuGiOh cards so everyone gets free cards.”
Deirdre said keeping cost to a minimum means everyone who loves trading cards can come along and get involved.
“And we know there are kids who can’t make the Friday evening club so we are kicking off Saturday morning classes from January.
“We have even been contacted by mums from other parts of the country who have seen our Facebook page and want to set up something similar in their own area and we are delighted to give them a hand to do that.”
Broghan said he had no idea how popular his hobby is in the local area.
“It’s been amazing so far. I remember we started out as this tiny, unknown club with like, 200-so views on our Facebook and seven lads in the tiny kitchen of our community centre, playing card games.
“I had absolutely no idea that there were so many people playing card games as a hobby in our area.
“Now, Pokémon are looking into giving us official Pokémon TCG League promos, as well as permission to hold Pokémon League tourneys at our club.”
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