On Saturday, October 18th, the annual Gaelic4Mothers & Others blitz will take place in Portmarnock with over 1,100 women from right across the country taking part in a day of non competitive football where having fun is the priority for the day. TESCO Homegrown have also returned as sponsors of the event which really is one of the best and most feelgood activities in the Ladies Gaelic Football calendar.
Over 77 clubs will take part in the blitz day with 100 teams taking the field to play football against each other. Scores are not kept and there are no winners, the emphasis is on playing some football, meeting new friends and enjoying all that the day has to offer. 27 counties will be represented at the blitz including 12 from Connacht, 19 from Munster, 11 from Ulster and 35 from across Leinster.
The famous mass warm up will take place again when ‘Ireland’s Mister Motivator’, Richie Clifford, puts all 1,000 participants through their paces again this year after proving a huge hit in 2013. This is a superb spectacle that has to be seen to be believed as players from right around the country run, jog, stretch, punch and kick their way into being prepared for the day of football that will follow.
The Gaelic4Mothers & Others programme has been a massive success since it’s inception and continues to go from strength to strength. It is aimed at women over the age of 18 with no limit on the age of the participants thereafter. The programme gives women that may have left sport, for any reason, an opportunity to get out and get active. Gaelic4Mothers & Others offers participants the chance to step back into sport without the burden of competitiveness whilst also doing so in a social way that is not provided by most other sports available to this age group.
Speaking about the Gaelic4Mothers & Others blitz, LGFA President, Pat Quill said ‘The Gaelic4Mothers & Others programme is one of the best sporting success stories, not only in the LGFA, but also in Irish Sport. We are providing women with a chance to get back into sport and enjoy all the benefits that go with it as well as the other benefits that having that social outlet provides. The continued growth of this programme would not be possible without the help of our sponsors, TESCO Homegrown, who have helped Gaelic4Mothers & Others to grow from an overall participation of 6,000 last year to nearly 9,000 this year. Today, 1,100 of those women will be here playing football, but even more importantly, enjoying themselves and creating a brilliant atmosphere.’
TESCO Homegrown Gaelic4Mothers & Others National Blitz particpants:
|Antrim||Tir na nOg|
|Carlow||Mount Leinster Rangers|
|Cork||Quarry Blues – Kilmurry St. Vals|
|Dublin||Man O War|
|Dublin||St Oliver Plunketts|
|Dublin||St. Finian’s (Dublin)|
|Dublin||Stars of Erin|
|Galway||An Fhairche Clonbur|
|Meath||Trim (Terriers and Kittens)|
|Roscommon||Clann na nGael|