National Blitz Day
Players coming from around the Counties enjoy Croke Park during the Ladies Gaelic Football Activity Day.
Gaelic4Girls is one of the biggest initiatives of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA). It is an 12 week programme that allows girls between the ages of 8 and 12 try out Ladies Gaelic in a fun and inclusive environment. The culmination of this hard work is our National Gaelic4Girls Blitz Day in Croke Park.
The Blitz days are all about fun, inclusiveness and giving the participants a chance to showcase what they have learnt over the previous 12 weeks coaching.
Every Gaelic4Girls site is given the opportunity to send a panel of 15 players to Croke Park to participate in the Blitz, this is a mix of new girls recruited through the G4G Programme and also some of their existing girls on the teams involved.
This isn’t just any regular Blitz however! Upon arrival participants head straight into the Croke Park dressing rooms where they get themselves togged out and ready for fun. After their coaches collect their packed lunches they consult their maps and bring their teams to the stands beside where they will be playing their small sided games. Then the real fun begins!
Each team plays at least 4 matches and also spends a half hour with some of the games most well known and influential county stars. The county players play games with the girls and have question and answer time. This is one of the most important parts of the day as young Gaelic players get an opportunity to talk to girls that started out just like them but may now have played in Croke Park many times and achieved great things in a variety of sports not just Ladies Football.
While the Gaelic4Girls participants are of course the centre of the day there are many other people involved in the Blitz. All games need referees and the 20 referees present in Croke Park are usually newly qualified Grab Your Whistle Referees, many of whom are female. Getting more females involved in refereeing is a very specific aim of the LGFA and the fact that many of the referees are female at the Gaelic4Girls Blitz is a very positive step forward.
The National Blitz Day in Croke Park also exemplifies what is the cornerstone of all Gaelic Games – volunteerism. Between those who travel with the teams, those who coach the teams, those who referee, those who co-ordinate pitches, those who come as county players and role models, there are hundreds of people there who give up their own free time, some probably taking time off work in order to provide young girls of Ireland with a fun, positive and extremely special experience in what is the most significant sporting arena in Ireland.
Anyone who is lucky enough to be in Croke Park on the National Blitz Day will always witness all that is good about Ladies Gaelic Football – positivity, inclusivity, co-operation and fun – and hundreds of happy kids of course!
Further information can be received by contacting:
Paula Prunty, National Development Manager, Ladies Gaelic Football Association, Croke Park, Dublin 3 Ph: (01) 8363156 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org