Gaelic 4 Girls
Gaelic 4 Girls is a national initiative developed by the Ladies Gaelic Football Association to target girls aged 9-13yrs who are not currently particpipating in Gaelic Football with the aim of introducing them to the basic skills of the game in a fun and enjoyable way. The programme involves 6 weeks of coaching – where girls are given the opportunity to learn the basic skills of the game in a non-competitive environment.
The Ladies Gaelic Football Association approached Monaghan Sports Partnership with a proposal to run the ‘Gaelic 4 Girls’ programme in Monaghan Town in 2008. Monaghan Sports Partnership supported the initiative through sourcing coaches, funding the venue for coaching, administrative assistance and co-ordination.
Beech Hill College was chosen as the venue for coaching and the programme was promoted through local schools.
The programme involved 5 weeks of coaching the basic skills of football, kicking, passing, catching and soloing the ball, and ended with a blitz day at which parents attended and were treated to tea & coffee on the sidelines. With almost 60 girls took part, one of the highest recorded attendances in the Country at one site, the programme was a huge success. At the blitz day , the gilrs who attended the programme recieved t-shirts and certificates.
Following on from the Blitz day all the girls attended a national blitz day in Croke Park on the 13th July 2008 to represent Monaghan in the National ‘Gaelic 4 Girls’ blitz which was a very proud day for the girls and their families. These girls are now been linked up to Ladies Gaelic clubs in their area. It is hoped that the ‘Gaelic 4 Girls’ initiative will be repeated in Monaghan in 2009 at new sites to encourage more girls to participate in Ladies Gaelic Football.
For more information on the ‘Gaelic 4 Girls’ programme 2009 please contact Monaghan Sports Partnership.
Gaelic4Girls participants in Monaghan with their parents, coaches and members of Monaghan Ladies Minor team at the blitz day in Beech Hill College May 2008