Some well known sporting personalities including hurling All Star John Mullane, Munster and Ireland rugby star, Donnacha Ryan, basketball star Rachel Roberts, Cork Ladies All Star and multiple All Ireland winner, Valerie Mulcahy, and former international athlete Noel Richardson (Director of the Centre for Men's Health at Carlow IT) help Colin Regan, GAA Community & Health Manager, Colin Regan, launch Waterford IT's involvement in 'Off the Booze & On the Ball' at an ASAP event hosted by the college in November 2013.
Off the Booze & On the Ball is back!
The ASAP programme's flagship health challenge 'Off the Booze & On the Ball' has been launched for 2014, and this year it extends The Challenge beyond just our clubs and into the third level education sector.
Traditionally focused on GAA clubs and members during the month January, The Challenge, as it is also known, invites participants to abstain from alcohol for four weeks in order to give their New Year a healthy kick-start. This year, nine third level institutions from across the four provinces have also come onboard to promote the positive message behind the campaign. For some clubs, The Challenge is also used as an opportunity to fundraise in a fun and healthy way – everyone who registers receives an information pack with practical tips on how to implement a healthier lifestyle as well as a sponsorship card.
To register for Off the Booze & On the Ball 2014, click on the tab under the ASAP programme to the left of this page.
About the ASAP Programme
The GAA's Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) programme was created as a partnership with the HSE in 2006 to try and minimise the harm caused by the misuse of alcohol and other substances in the sporting environment. It operates through a network of Club, County and Provincial ASAP Officers and is coordinated in Croke Park by the GAA Community & Health section.
It works in three mains areas, helping our clubs and members in the areas of education, prevention, and response to drug and alcohol related matters. It also requires all our units to adopt a Club Drug and Alcohol policy to help them foster the sort of culture that promotes positive engagement with alcohol, supports those who chose not to drink in maintaining that lifestyle choice, discourages the use of tobacco, and better enables clubs manage any drug related issues that may arise.
The overall aim of the ASAP programme is to promote a positive health experience for all our members through their participation in their GAA club, regardless of their age or role. All supporting materials are available on the Tab to the left of this page while the Community and Health section personnel are also available to answer any quires and can be reached through the main Croke Park switchboard at 00353-1-8363222.