Youth Participation Games
What are Youth Participation Games?
As a follow-on from the successful Go Games Programme for players up to U-11 in Clubs and Primary Schools, a flexible small-sided games programme called Super (Touch) games has been developed for implementation in Clubs and Post-Primary Schools.
The programme is aimed at Youth players from 12 – 17 years and can be organised in any number of ways depending on the number of players available and the skill level of the players.
In particular a strand of the programme is being organised through Super Games Centres. Super Games Centres can be based in Club, School and Community locations catering for a population not adequately served by regular school or club games through the traditional competitive structure.
Why Youth Participation Initiatives?
The GAA’s vision is ‘that everybody has the opportunity to be welcomed to take part in our games and culture, to participate fully, to grow and develop and to be inspired to keep a lifelong engagement with our association.’ (The GAA Strategic Action Plan 2015-2017)
However recent research and GAA registration figures are indicating that there is a steady decline in the number of GAA youth level players from the age of 12 on.