Get Involved in GAA Healthy Clubs
What if you are not a Healthy Club?
Many clubs, although not part of the official project, have begun their journey towards becoming a Healthy Club as health promotion is inherently part of what GAA clubs do. Clubs who are not officially involved in the project can begin their Healthy Club journey by following the simple steps below
- Appointing a Club Health & Wellbeing Officer
- Contacting their County Health & Wellbeing Committee to avail of the two- hour GAA Health & Wellbeing training module provided (chair.hwc.COUNTY@gaa.ie). Upon receiving the training the Club Health & Wellbeing Officer will receive a Club Health & Wellbeing training workbook which they can use as a further support tool to guide them on fulfilling their role.
- Setting up a Health & Wellbeing project team within the club to support the Club Health & Wellbeing Officer
By simply following these actions a club has taken important steps on the road to becoming an official Healthy Club. Take a look at the Healthy Club Criteria Section to get an idea of what is required in order to be recognised as an official “Healthy Club”. By using this as a guide clubs can be well on their way towards becoming a Healthy Club when applications for Phase 3 open up again in 2018.
Benefits and opportunities for Healthy Club
- Exclusive access to Healthy Club resources
- Potential to increase membership
- Improvements in health promotion activities
- Changes in attitudes towards health for the better
- Better opportunity to link the local community with club activities
- Better engagement with club activities
- Opening up funding avenues
- Set a positive example
- Being part of a ground breaking project, the first of its kind in Europe
- Accreditation as a “Healthy Club” – a first in European sporting history