Dublin senior footballer Dean Rock has launched a free-taking initiative, which has divided opinions among GAA supporters and volunteers.
Rock announced his plans on Twitter on July 7th, saying: "Proud to announce this initiative that I have been working on. The Dean Rock Free Taking Project is aimed at nurturing current & aspiring free takers of all ages (juveniles & adults). News of an upcoming event very soon."
The 'Dean Rock free-taking initiative' promises to "accelerate your progress by becoming obsessed with the detail and learning how to cope with the pressure."
Dean Rock reaction
The initiative has split opinion on social media.
When you look at the Dean Rock thing, clubs are firing out an awful lot more for different kinds of bluffers. When you take that into consideration, paying to get your free kick taker into a high % conversion bracket would be seen as cheap?
— Eamon Mc Gee (@EamonMcGee) July 22, 2020
This Dean Rock thing is pissing me off. Shows the level of begrudgery we have in bread into us. How dare a GAA lad start a business inspiring, teaching kids and adults on how to be better at a vital component of the game. Try and get the best kicker in rugby/soccer to come visit
— Kieran Donaghy (@starryboy14) July 22, 2020
The Dean Rock Center for Kids Who Can’t Take Free Kicks Good and Wanna Learn to Do Other Stuff Good Too. #GAA
— Jude (@Judacus91) July 22, 2020
Can’t decide if I want to pay my car insurance or to be coached by Dean Rock 😰
— Ben McKinless (@BenMcKinless123) July 22, 2020
Never heard of this fella Rock, but can’t fault his enterprising outlook... pic.twitter.com/j9ytPXQw5R
— We Are Back (@BustToBoom) July 22, 2020
One on one at €350 for first two sessions and €200 after that? So if I get three sessions that will set me back €900? Assuming a typical session is an hour long that's pretty jaw dropping
— Derek James Michael Moore (@Jamesmichael298) July 22, 2020