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The GAA’s Annual Healthy Club Conference will take place in Croke Park on Saturday, October 20th.
The GAA’s Annual Healthy Club Conference will take place in Croke Park on Saturday, October 20th.

Free places available for 2018 National Healthy Club conference

Club and community development are the key themes at the GAA’s Annual Healthy Club Conference in Croke Park on Saturday, October 20th. The conference will commence at 10am and conclude at 3.30pm, with registration open from 9am to 9.45am. To book your FREE ticket please click HERE (tickets are limited so please book early).

The event, proudly delivered in partnership with Healthy Ireland and Irish Life, aims to focus on some of the values that underpin the GAA, and explore what these mean to the 21st century sports community. The conference utilises practical workshops to make available good practice examples from the 150 clubs that are currently engaged in the Healthy Club project across Ireland.

Shane Martin, renowned psychologist who is dedicated to teaching the very best of self-help psychology to empower volunteers to mind themselves will open the conference as our keynote guest speaker. This year’s workshops will focus on:

· Inclusion and Integration: this workshop explores how GAA clubs can be more inclusive of persons of all abilities and will offer delegates the opportunity to engage with the GAA’s new inclusion training module and Fun & Run game for persons of all abilities. A case study will explore the ‘Raheny All Stars’ games programme for children with special needs, delivered by one of Dublin’s Healthy Clubs.

· The GAA RESPECT initiative: This workshop will explore how to cultivate a culture that ensures all members and elements of our clubs – from players and parents, spectators and referees – both receive and give the RESPECT that everyone deserves. The Killoe Healthy Club, Longford, will outline their plans to implement an ‘everybody plays’ approach at child level, and the RESPECT principles at every level of their club.

· Ireland Lights Up: this bright partnership with Operation Transformation and Get Ireland Walking encourages GAA clubs to turn on their floodlights to provide a safe walking environment for their communities on the dark winter evenings. Over 5,000 people gathered for walks in their local GAA clubs during the six-week period in 2018 that the popular RTE show was broadcast. This workshop aims is help double that figure in 2019 while highlighting the physical and social health benefits of walking together. A case study involving St. Laurence’s Healthy Club, Kildare, will explore their work in the area.

All GAA members are welcome, but particularly those who have taken on the role of Healthy Club officer in their club or sit on their County Health & Wellbeing committees. All delegates will be provided with a delegate pack and refreshments on the day.

Click HERE to book your ticket.

For more information regarding the conference please email community.health@gaa.ie

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