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Strabane Sigersons host successful Gaelic4Girls Programme

The Gaelic4Girls programme in Strabane has been a tremendous success with over 100 girls taking part over 8 weeks. This LGFA programme was held in association with Strabane Sigersons. The programme targeted girls between the ages of 9-13yrs who were not part of a Ladies Football Club and introduced them to the sport in a fun environment. The girls were taught the basic skills of Ladies Gaelic football and then demonstrated their new skills through a series of mini games. The Gaelic4Girls programme concluded on Monday 1st July in Strabane Sigersons with the presentation of t-shirts and certificates to all participants. The Social Club was full to capacity with all the girls, coaches, members of Strabane Sigersons and parents amalgamating for the presentation. The Co-ordinator of the programme, Jason Foley, addressed the crowd and recognised the effort put in by all involved to ensure the programme was a success. He complimented the various different coaches for all their work over the past number of weeks. The girls were individually presented with their t-shirts and certificates by Tyrone stars Tori McLaughlin and Dan McBride.


It has been clear to see for all involved what a fantastic initiative this programme was and the consistent turnouts every Tuesday were justification that the girls enjoyed the 8 weeks. The enthusiasm shown by all was a joy to behold and bodes well for the future of Ladies Football in Strabane Sigersons. It was fantastic to see the dramatic improvement in the girls’ skills levels throughout the programme and all the participants really enjoyed the programme.


Prior to the commencement of the programme all schools in the local areas were visited to promote the initiative. The girls made many new friends through the programme, another important benefit of participating in Ladies Gaelic Football. The Gaelic4Girls programme provided a safe and nurturing environment for the girls to develop their athletic and social skills. Most importantly, all the girls got the opportunity to play Ladies Football, with all different abilities descending on the pitch on a weekly basis. Gaelic4Girls has also served to integrate members of the community, with different nationalities taking part and trying Ladies Football for the first time, with great results! All girls have been encouraged to join Strabane Sigersons and hopefully all the girls will continue playing.


Sigersons Gaelic4Girls participants have been invited to play at half time in the Ulster Ladies Football final at Celtic Park in Derry on the 14th July and some of the girls will also head off to Croke Park on the Monday 15th July to partake in a Mini Blitz. These are sure to be fun filled days where the girls will participate in mini-games where they will showcase their newly learned skills.


Finally, for all those eager parents, we encourage as many of you to volunteer within your Club as possible. Due to the overwhelming success of the program Sigersons now need more volunteers to help with activities within the Club. These activities could include assisting with coaching, first aid or assisting with fund raising events etc. All parents of the Gaelic4Girls Programme, older siblings of underage players in the club, former players, current players over 16 years of age and any other adults who would be interested in volunteering within the club are invited to attend contact any committee member.





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