Gaelic 4 Teens Launches in Wicklow
The Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) in conjunction with Wicklow Sports Partnership launched the Gaelic 4 Teens Wicklow programme in Baltinglass on Wednesday 28th of March. Four successful clubs in Bray Emmets, St. Pats Rathnew, Baltinglass and Tinahely will take part in this exciting programme over the course of 2018. The programme is targeted at stopping the dropout of teenage girls from gaelic football with coach education and player welfare and retention to the fore. William Harmonn, National Ladies gaelic football development officer and Cliodhna O’Connor Ladies gaelic football tutor, and former Dublin LGFA goalkeeper and all star are leading the delivery of the programme in Wicklow.
This is a joint project between the Ladies Gaelic Football Association and Wicklow Sports Partnership and is funded by dormant account funding secured through Sport Ireland. The clubs involved will complete safeguarding courses, disability inclusion training, foundation level coaching awards, to name a few and will receive a pack of equipment worth over €500 each. The programme will consist of 3 contact days of training for the coaches, culminating in a national blitz day in the National Sports Centre in Abbottstown where the participants will take part in games and also education sessions from LGFA Gaelic 4 Teens Ambassadors Cora Staunton, Sharon Courtney, Orlagh Farmer and Cliodhna O’Connor.