As part of the GAA Healthy Clubs project clubs are invited to express an interest in nominating one team to participate in a provincial blitz day of Recreational Rounders next year entitled “Clash of the Clans”.
The aim of Recreational Rounders is to promote a fun, non-competitive and inclusive environment within the club to strengthen links further between the GAA and the community.
Some benefits of partaking in recreational rounders may include;
- An increased level of exercise tolerance/fitness
- An increased level of social interaction across generations
- An increased sense of community and identity amongst people within the area
- An increased interest in the GAA club by people who have previously not engaged in the competitive games in the GAA which may increase “social membership”.
- Anyone can take part in the game as it is non-contact and intended to be played for fun to encourage more people from the community to become actively involved in their GAA club.
- If the teams are mixed, it is recommended that both teams should have an equal number of females on the Field of Play at all times.
- Mixed Gender
- At least 1 player from each of the following age categories:
- Under 12
- 40 and Over
Teams should ideally have no more than 9 players (7 and 2 subs) but may have a minimum of 7 players. To promote inclusion across generations in the community, teams should be made up of at least one family, which can be include cousins, siblings, parents, children, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and even grandparents! If teams cannot reach 7 players within a family they may invite either another family to join the team or friends from the club to join to ensure sufficient numbers.
Teams may be drawn from the wider community. Who wants to make friends, have fun and get fit and be in with a chance to play in Croke Park?