Plan to encourage teens to stay in the game

Spa’s Emma Daly, Claire Tangney and Susan Waters at the Gaelic4Teens workshop with former Kerry ladies’ player Margaret Sullivan from Fenit and senior players Sinead Delahunty (Tipperary) and Fiona McHale (Mayo)

SPA GAA Club has embraced the novel Gaelic4Teens campaign which is aimed at encouraging more young people to stay playing the game by organising novel training sessions and providing greater motivation.

The nationwide project was launched to address a concerning drop off in teenage girls, between the ages of 15 and 17, who no longer remained involved with the club teams.

Gaelic4Teens is a coach education based initiative, incorporating fun coaching sessions and a national festival day, aimed at increasing the retention rate of teenage girls in the game.

The purpose is to educate club coaches in relation to the needs and interests of teenage girls in sport, provide a more unique programme of activities to retain girls and develop athletic and social skills for girls in a safe and nurturing environment.

Spa under 12 and under 14 girls’ trainers Emma Daly, Claire Tangney and Susan Waters attended a Gaelic4Teens workshop and they picked up top tips on how to implement the programme at club level.

Still in Spa, meanwhile, the club’s Coiste na nÓg Chairman, Seamus Moynihan, hosted a very informative and important first aid and concussion workshop in the clubhouse last Friday night. Des Spillane demonstrated first aid and Liam Ryan gave a detailed demonstration about the signs of concussion to watch out for.

“We are very lucky to have trained personnel like Des and Liam,” said club PRO Deirdre O’Sullivan Darcy.

“With their experience, they can share their knowledge with their fellow club members. It’s a great initiative by the club and it’s vital that our coaches are trained in first aid and continue to keep our players in a safe environment,” she said.

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