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Wexford GAA Vice Chairman Micheal Martin.
Wexford GAA Vice Chairman Micheal Martin.

Wexford GAA preparing another Wellness programme


Wexford GAA will hold the second staging of a Wellness programme later this month.

Following a successful inaugural year a comprehensive plan is being stitched together for several activities between May 18 and 31.

Micheal Martin, Wexford GAA Vice Chairman, is adamant that the event can provide valuable assistance for people throughout the county.

“It is a different one, but it is probably more needed this year than ever in one way,” Martin says. “There is no doubt that people of all ages are struggling.”

A string of initiatives are being developed such as couch to 5k, online webinars with wellbeing tips, and phone calls with current and former Wexford stars.

“We have people like Billy Walsh, the US boxing coach, and Davy Fitz will give an exclusive one to one interview, all the senior hurling panel are going to ring members of the community,” Martin states.

“I know that has been done by David Brady and Alan Brogan had started doing it, but all our senior hurlers came with the idea. They wanted to connect with the community, that is what they are very keen to do. We have past players, the likes of Tony Doran, Martin Storey, Liam Griffin, and former camogie players.

“Anybody that has been asked has jumped on it, and some people have come volunteering too. That is going to be great.

“The last day of it we are aiming to have somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 walking for Wexford, put on the purple and gold, get out to walk within their 5km radius.”

The process is aided hugely by Wexford GAA’s full-time employees according to Martin. “It is important to acknowledge that we have a really, really, good Games Development staff,” Martin remarks.

Wexford GAA staged a successful Wellness Programme in May, 2019.
Wexford GAA staged a successful Wellness Programme in May, 2019.

“They are fantastic, we had a conference call last week, they have all taken on one or two different things.

“So from quizzes in primary schools, we are linked in with the Wexford/Waterford PTB, we are doing stuff with post primary school.

“Then you have the general population, MacAuley's who sponsored us this year and last year will do some online tips for the general population in terms of hair maintenance or make up maintenance.”

The manner in which the Wexford GAA coaching and games staff continue to contribute is most pleasing with Martin acknowledging the sense of togetherness in the purple and gold county presently.

“There definitely is,” Martin replies. “We have Anthony Masterson, Willie Cleary, and Ray Harris our Games Manager, he led the autism inclusion camp last year. They are fantastic, very much a great team.

“In fairness the county has been united for the last three years. With Derek Kent as Chairman and myself as Vice Chairman we have found that everyone is pulling in the one direction.

“Absolutely it helps, there is a unity of purpose there. When we came in three years ago one of the things we tried to do was to put an emphasis on community and on wellbeing. We started the wellbeing project last year, we had started a school project on wellbeing. We started employing our Games Promotion Officers who were all invested in the community.

“It has very much in the last three years become a massive community effort. Clubs are working all around the country, that was very clear in the survey released last week in terms of community effort.

“Every one of our clubs are part of the Wexford County Council Community Resilience effort. So it isn't just at county level, at club level there is a huge unity of purpose.

“There will be some brilliant stuff, people outside of the county would be interested. All our county players, we have a Gaels with tales initiative, it mightn't necessarily be high profile, but it will be people with stories to tell. It will be available online which could be of interest to people outside of the county too.”

Week 1

Monday May 18

Meet your Heroes

Phone calls and online Q&A with Players from Past and Present

Tuesday May 19

Gaels with Tales

Conversations with GAA Stalwarts

Wednesday May 20

7.30pm Athletic Development Coaching Webinar

Thursday May 21

Go WeLL – Post Primary Schools Webinar

8pm – Reeling in the Year: Senior Football ‘08

Relive some great days with members of the panel

Friday May 22

12 Noon Fitness with the Ball

7pm Monster County GAA Table Quiz

Saturday May 23

Club 300km Challenge

Child up to u11 attempt to hit 50km cumulatively

Youth up to U17 attempt to hit 100km cumulatively

Adult 18+ to attempt to hit 150km cumulatively

Sunday May 24

8pm – Reeling in the Years: Senior Camogie 2010- 12

Relive some great days with members of the panel

Week 2

Monday May 25

8pm Meet your Heroes

Phone calls and online Q&A with Players from Past and Present

Tuesday May 26

Gaels with Tales

Conversations with GAA Stalwarts

8pm – Reeling in the Year ‘96

Relive some great days with members of the panel

Wednesday May 27

7.30pm Games Based Coaching Webinar

Thursday May 28

Go WeLL – Post Primary Schools Webinar

8pm – Exclusive Online Interview - BIlly Dodd interviews Billy Walsh

Friday May 29

12 Noon Fitness with the Ball

7pm Monster County GAA Table Quiz

Saturday May 30

Live Online Nursery

Sunday May 31

Walk4Wexford

Wear your county colours and walk with members of your household

Also Including through both weeks

3 Skills Challenges with Davy Fitzgerald and Lee Chin

Activities for Primary Schools Kids

Couch to 3km Tips with Sports Active Wexford

Sedentary Behaviour & Older Adult Podcasts from Sports Active Wexford

Health & Wellbeing Tips from McCauley Health and Beauty Pharmacy

Inclusive Traffic Light Physical Activity Programmes for all ages with Sports Active Wexford

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