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 aged 13-17 years in clubs which is usually subject to an increased level of dropout.
What are the aims of the Gaelic4Teens Programme?
Educate club coaches in relation to the needs and interests of teenage girls in sport
Provide a unique programme of Ladies Gaelic Football activities to retain girls aged 13-17 years
Develop athletic and social skills for girls in a safe and nurturing environment
What are the benefits of running Gaelic4Teens in your Club?
Training will be provided to the Coaches and Co-ordinator in your Club
Resources will be provided to your Club to market and advertise the Programme
Coaching structures across the teams of this age group in your club will be improved
Meet and learn from our Gaelic4Teens Ambassadors
Club will be invited to participate in the National Gaelic4Teens Festival Day
Unique Gaelic4Teens gear will be available to purchase for players and coaches
What clubs may apply for the programme?
Any club interested in putting emphasis on this age group, 13-17 years, and enthusiastic about ensuring the correct structures are in place in their club to retain these players.
The general structure of the Gaelic4Teens Programme
Attend relevant Induction, Training Days and National G4T Festival Day
Marketing materials e.g. flyers, posters will be provided to clubs to promote the Programme in the schools and elsewhere.
The programme involves an induction evening, 2 training days for coordinator and coaches focusing on various topics and coaching styles that are required to retain teenage girls aged 13-17 years age
The coaches will try out the specific Gaelic4Teens sessions, which will be provided, between training days
Your club will be invited to attend the National G4T Festival Day
Minimum requirements for the Gaelic4Teens Programme
The Club must:
Appoint a co-ordinator to oversee implementation of the Programme in the club
Send a club representative (ideally G4T coordinator) to one of the Provincial Induction Evenings prior to commencement of the programme
Promote attendance of all coaches involved with coaching teenage girls in your club.Min4 coaches should be in attendance. There must be representation of coaches involved in all teenage age groups in your club i.e. U14, U16 and U18
Attend the induction evening, two regional based training days and the National G4T Festival Day. Regional venues will be as central as possible to clubs selected.
The club must be open to improving their structures, altering their coaching styles and welcoming all new players
Who are the Gaelic4Teens Ambassadors?
We are delighted to have some of our top LGFA stars as ambassadors to share expertise from their area. These are…
Skill Development/Coaching – Fiona McHale (Mayo), Jackie Kinch (Wicklow), Emily Martin (Down) & Máire O Shaughnessy (Meath)
Athletic Development – Cliodhna O’Connor (Dublin) & Cassandra Buckley (Kerry)
Nutrition & Hydration – Sharon Courtney (Monaghan), Sinead Delahunty (Tipperary)
IMPORTANT TO KNOW…
Gaelic4Teens is a CLUB RUN programme
Training, support and advice will be provided to all clubs regarding roll out of the programme but the responsibility is ultimately with the club to ensure a quality and successful programme is implemented
Important everyone that will be associated with and will be involved in the implementation of the programme are consulted prior to applying. Everyone must be aware of the aims of the programme, what it involves etc. prior to committing
Important everyone involved are aware of commitment involved i.e. induction, training and festival dates associated, as attendance by the relevant club personnel at these days are mandatory
As mentioned, engagement and consultation with key stakeholders in the club is critical to the successful implementation of the programme. Just participating to have your club name in and then being selected with no prior consultation with personnel internally DOES NOT WORK!!
The next steps:
Have clear understanding of what programme entails from club perspective prior to applying