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GAA For All Programme 2018

North Cork GAA for ALL Programme 

North Cork GAA For All A Huge Success


The North Cork GAA for All programme is a collaboration project between Granard Gaels GAA Club, Cork Sports Partnership and Rebel Og Coaching. 

This pilot initiative aimed to give children with a disability the opportunity to play adapted gaelic games in their community for a six week programme.

Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with Cork Sports Partnership Padraig Healy says “The GAA is the largest sporting organisation in the country and a huge part of every community. The aim of this pilot programme was to give children with a disability the opportunity to try out adapted hurling and football in a non-competitive safe environment.” Padraig continued to say “Great credit must be given to Rebel Og Coaching GDA’s and Granard Gaels GAA Club for coming on board and supporting this project. It was clear that both players and volunteers enjoyed the weekly sessions and it was fantastic to see their skills improve each weeks. Our hope is that this will become a platform for a model of inclusion for GAA clubs around the country. ”

Gaelic Development Administrator with Rebel Og Coaching Pat Spratt said “Cork GAA were delighted to be involved in the first North Cork GAA For All programme, it was a huge learning and rewarding experience for all involved. Coaches and volunteers participated in a Disability Awareness in Sport workshop prior to commencing the programme. Each week we adapted games to suit the abilities of participants, we insured the emphasis was always on participants having fun. All children need to engage in physical activity, the GAA is ideally placed to provide opportunities for children with disabilities in communities around Cork and beyond.”

The programme was open to player’s aged between 6 – 12 years and their siblings, sessions were held each Saturday morning from 10am – 11am at the Granard Gaels GAA Grounds, Churchtown with the final session being held at the Cork SportsAbility Day at the Mardyke Arena UCC as part of Cork SportsAbility Week. Kevin O’Callaghan County Games Manager and Tracey Kennedy Vice Chairperson of Cork GAA were in attendance to view the final session and present all players with medals in recognition of completing the programme.

Chairperson of Granard Gaels GAA Club Eoin Butler says “we are delighted to be involved in the North Cork GAA For All programme. Granard Gaels are passionate about including all members of the community in the club. Liscarroll National School have an autism unit with 16 students and establishing a GAA For All programme for these students to participate in on a Saturday morning is an integral part of promoting social inclusion & encouraging people of all abilities to engage physical activity. Moving forward we plan to continue the North Cork GAA For all programme and hope to build links with neighbouring GAA Clubs to encourage new players with disabilities to get involved as this is a North Cork programme and open to players from all over the region.” He continued to say “great credit is due to the head coach & assistant coaches who volunteered for the six week programme to insure the event was a positive experience for all participants and we look forward to them becoming involved in the next phase of the programme”.            

For more information: 

Contact: Sports Inclusion Disability Officer, Kate Feeney 

Email: kfeeney@corksports.ie

 

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