Report by Colm Barrett
Kilmeena LGFC were selected for the 2018 Gaelic 4 Teens programme which commenced at the end of February last.
The programme is a participation-based initiative run over 8 weeks aimed at increasing the retention rate of teenage girls aged 15-17 years in clubs. It is essential to create a clear player pathway in every club and it is vital that all clubs invest time in recruiting and retaining teenage girls in their structures. Through the Gaelic4Teens initiative clubs are provided with a new and fun avenue to retain these players usually subject to an increased level of dropout.
Just a brief overview the programme will work closely with coaches, influencing the content of their coaching sessions as well as establishing the best ways for coaches to communicate with their players.
The programme will be monitored and evaluated to ensure that it achieves the aim of having a direct impact on the retention of players. As well as tailoring training sessions, there is a focus on education that will see star inter-county players Sharon Courtney (Monaghan), Cliodhna O’Connor (ex-Dublin), and Orlagh Farmer (Cork)assisted by William Harmon (Kerry)National Development Of provide expertise and advice to participants throughout the duration of the programme.
The research that prompted the development of the Gaelic4Teens programme revealed that players play for enjoyment, to keep fit and healthy, to relieve stress and because their friends also play.
The reasons highlighted for giving up the sport are that they don’t get enough playing time, there is no fun at training, that it is too competitive and that they are treated differently.
The aims of the Gaelic4Teens Programme are -
To increase the retention rates of teenage girls playing Ladies Gaelic football in a club.
To provide a unique programme of Ladies Gaelic Football activities to attract girls aged 15-17 years.
To educate coaches in relation to the needs and interests of teenage girls in sport.
To develop athletic and social skills for girls in a safe and nurturing environment.
Click here for images from the Gaelic 4 Teens event last Saturday the 12th May, courtesy of Colm Barrett.
For additional images courtesy of Ollie Mulchrone click here.