Last Chance to Apply - Gaelic4Teens

Is there a drop out of teenagers aged 15-17 years in your club or do you want to prevent drop off?  Would you like to find out what motivates this age group?  Do your players want to be part of something different?




What is Gaelic4Teens?

Gaelic4Teens is a participation based initiative run over 8 weeks aimed at increasing the retention rate of teenage girls aged 15-17 years in clubs.   It is essential to create a clear player pathway in every club and it is vital that all clubs invest time in recruiting and retaining teenage girls in their structures.  Through the Gaelic4Teens initiative clubs are provided with a new and fun avenue to retain these players usually subject to an increased level of dropout.

What are the aims of the Gaelic4Teens Programme?

  • To increase the retention rates of teenage girls playing Ladies Gaelic football in a club
  • To provide a unique programme of Ladies Gaelic Football activities to attract girls aged 15-17 years
  • To educate coaches in relation to the needs and interests of teenage girls in sport
  • To develop athletic and social skills for girls in a safe and nurturing environment

What are the benefits of running Gaelic4Teens in your Club?

  • FREE training will be provided to the Coaches and Co-ordinator in your Club
  • Resources will be provided to your Club to market and advertise the Programme
  • Coaching structures across the teams of this age group in your club will be improved
  • Club will be invited to attend National Gaelic4Teens Day


What clubs may apply for the programme?

Any club interested in putting emphasis on this age group, 15-17 years, and enthusiastic about ensuring the correct structures are in place in their club to recruit and retain these players.

What does the Club2Gether programme entail for your Club if your application is successful?

  • Each club must identify a minimum of 3 coaches and 1 co-ordinator. One of these coaches must be involved with the Under 16 club team for the coming year while another must be involved with the U18 team for the coming year
  • These coaches and co-ordinator must attend the three National training dates and this training is only provided to successful clubs
  • The club must be open to improving their structures, altering their coaching styles and welcoming all new players
  • The programme involves 3 training days covering various topics that will assist the club coaches to ensure their coaching styles are the required styles to retain this 15-17 years age group and will also provide theory to ensure coaches can provide the adequate support
  • The coaches will have to roll out specific Gaelic4Teens sessions, which will be provided, between training days
  • Your club will be invited to attend the National Gaelic4Teens Day
  • The programme is free but commitment is essential

The next steps:

Step 1:

Complete the application form and forward by post or email to Paula Prunty before Monday 16th January 2017 (See application form for contact details).


Step 2:

The National Development Team will contact all applicants via e-mail to announce the 10 successful clubs before January 19th.

Step 3:

Your club coaches and co-ordinator must attend training dates below.

Step 4:

All clubs must commit to working on improving their structures with teenage girls and running the specified sessions.

What are the dates the club must attend and what are topics covered?

Day 1 : Saturday 25th February

Venue: Dublin


Coach Model required for 15-17 years

Practical sessions for week 1 – 3

Promotion of Initiative

Day 2: Saturday 1st April

Venue: Dublin

Review of sessions 1 – 3

Lifestyle Planning for Teenage Girls

Practical sessions for week 4 – 6

Day 3: TBC

Venue: Dublin

National Gaelic4Teens Day

Education Sessions for Players

Education Session for Coaches

Only 10 Clubs will be Accepted!!

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