Gaelic4Teens Day 2 is Another Success

Day two of the Gaelic4Teens programme took place in Marino Institute on Saturday. This innovative Gaelic4Teens programme aims to help clubs recruit and retain 15-17 year olds, an age group that has been associated with a very high drop-out rate not only for Ladies Football but in sport in general.

We were delighted to have some of our Gaelic4Teens Ambassadors, Orlagh Farmer (Cork), Sharon Courtney (Monaghan) and Cliodhna O Connor (Dublin) in attendance today to share their expertise and knowledge to those present.

Orlagh delivered a very interesting presentation focusing on lifestyle planning for teenage girls. She highlighted the important role the coach plays in supporting girls of this age group to overcome the various challenges presented at this time of their life. Sharon Courtney educated coaches on the basics of nutrition and simple ideas they could introduce to their sessions to improve our players dietary habits.  Cliodhna O Connor conducted a practical demonstration with special emphasis on how coaches coach and how they should engage with their players and provided simple ideas on how these can be applied in your everyday coaching sessions.

All clubs left enthused once more and will put what they learned from day 2 into practice over the coming weeks. Next up will be day 3 of the programme where clubs will gather in one venue for a festival of football and educational seminars delivered by our Gaelic4Teens Ambassadors.

10 clubs are involved in the programme are:

St. Brigid’s (Roscommon), Éire Óg (Clare), Valley Rovers (Cork), Mungret St. Paul’s (Limerick), Doire Colmcille (Derry), Crosserlough (Cavan), Naomh Muire Iochtar na Rossan (Donegal), Lucan Sarsfields (Dublin), Clonguish (Longford) and St. Patrick’s (Wicklow).

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