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National Go Games Launch 2014
14 April 2014; The first ever national celebration of GAA Go Games takes place this week, April 14th-20th, with three days of blitzes in Croke Park, involving 1500 children from all 32 counties. Pictured during the launch are some of the participating children with Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Liam Ó Néill. 2014 National Go Games launch, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

GAA Go Games


What are Go Games?
Go Games are small-sided versions of Hurling and Gaelic Football which have been devised for children up to and including 11 years of age.

As such they are subject to Rule 6.26 of the Official Guide – Under 13 and Younger Age Groups under the section Games & Competitions – Club Championships. This Rule states that ‘Games in the Under 11 and younger age groups shall be organised on the Go Games model, as approved by Central Council.’

The policy under which Go Games must be organised, as approved by Central Council, can be obtained from the downloads section below.

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Why Go Games?

The support the participation and development of the Under-11 player, the following principles underpin Go Games:

  • All participants play in the full game.
  • Participant needs are catered for, where possible, on the basis of two year age cohorts i.e. U.7, U.9 & U.11 in a manner consistent with the ethos of Go Games.
  • Activities are structured in a manner which optimises the level of fun, friendship, fair play and achievement derived by participants.
  • Participants train and play in a safe, supportive and stimulating environment where they are encouraged to risk error, to learn and to derive maximum enjoyment from their involvement.
  • Players master the basic skills of Hurling and Gaelic Football and experience the sense of accomplishment, which derives from acquiring playing proficiency on the left and right hand side of the body.
  • Everybody involved in Go Games, whether as players, parents/guardians, spectators, mentors, teachers, officials etc., should adhere to the key underpinning principles and give expression to the GAA ‘Give Respect, Get Respect’ initiative

Organising Go Games
To apply to organise a Go Games Tournament or Blitz between more than one Club or School download the application form here or from the downloads section below. 

For more information on Go Games and developing the child player contact gamesdevelopment@gaa.ie or 01 8658600.

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