Gaelic4Girls Comes to Youghal

12 September, 2010

Gaelic4Girls Comes to Youghal

Saturday 11th of September was another historic day in the history of
CLG Eochaill when Gaelic4Girls commenced with over 70 girls (aged
8-13) attending. Gaelic4Girls is a program promoted by the Ladies
Gaelic Football Association aimed at increasing participation in
RAPID, urban or non traditional areas. The program targets girls
between the ages of 8-13 years in the hope that they will continue to
play with local clubs in the area or that a new club may be formed in
the area. The girls are taught the basic skills of Gaelic Football on
a fun basis by fully qualified coaches and then demonstrate their new
skills through a series of mini blitz of games.

The program will run over 8 weeks consisting of 7 weeks of coaching
and the final week culminating with an internal blitz. Sessions are
one hour in duration and will run from 10:30am – 11:30am each Saturday
morning. A National Blitz day will also be held in November where all
sites from around country come together to participate in fun, non
competitive mini games. The girls get a chance to meet the Ladies
Gaelic Football All Stars on the day also. Those attending on the
National Blitz day will also receive a goodie bag.

The cost of participating in the program is €5 per player which goes
towards the cost of tee-shirt, certificate & goodie bag. A fund
raising fun based Quiz and Disco has been scheduled for Friday 5th
November in Club Aras @ 8pm to raise funds to cover the cost of the
players’ buses to the National Blitz Day in November. The program is
also supported by the Cork Sports Partnership who funded the cost of
the coaching course and any equipment that is needed to run the
program successfully.

The initial reaction has been fantastic will numbers exceeding 70 on
the first morning, and all participants eagerly looking forward to the
next session. Over the next week the Ladies Football Urban Development
Officer will visit the schools in the Youghal area promoting the
program. With Ladies Football, the fastest growing sport in Europe,
Youghal Juvenile club have positioned themselves strongly to support
and compliment their Camogie counterparts in hosting sporting outlets
for the girls of our town. Working together we hope to emulate the
recent exploits of the underage and adult Camogie successes and
further strengthen Mná agus Cailíní as Eochaill in both Camogie and
Football.

If anyone is interested in taking part or helping out please contact
Cormac Galvin (0870508474) for further details.