Two Donegal GAA clubs have been selected to take part in the 2017 Gaelic4Girls programme.
Gaelic4Girls has been one of the great success stories for Ladies Gaelic Football in recent times as it helps clubs to grow and expand their membership base.
St. Michael’s and Naomh Colmcille were among 37 clubs chosen across 23 counties. The clubs can now plan to take part in the programme beginning with the co-ordinator training that gets underway later this month.
The programme takes place over a 12 week period and is suitable for girls aged between 8-12 with players of all abilities who are not currently registered to a club welcome. The club receives training for their coaches and co-ordinator along with resources to market and promote their club’s participation in the programme.
The 12 week programme will see players learn all of the skills of the game in a safe and fun environment before they are integrated with existing club players.
New clubs that have been formed within the last 12 months as well as clubs that are expanding by developing a sustainable underage structure are heavily represented amongst the selection with clubs like St. Pat’s Palmerstown (Dublin), Eire Og (Antrim), St. Michael’s (Donegal), Eire Og (Carlow) and Clonard (Meath) hoping to secure their future by expanding and attracting younger players into the club, through participation in the Gaelic4Girls programme.
The 37 clubs that will take part in the programme will hope to implement the programme in March after their co-ordinators and coaches have been fully trained and they will be invited to take part in the Provincial blitzes that will take place in Connacht on July 1st, Leinster and Munster on June 17th and Ulster on June 10th.