Wexford GAA WELLness week takes place in May
By Cian O’Connell
A worthwhile venture will take place in the south east next month when Wexford GAA hosts a Wellness week from Monday May 6.
Clubs and schools throughout the county will assist with the project which includes several events including a question and answers session with Oisin McConville, Mags D’Arcy and Davy Fitzgerald in schools.
On Monday a Family Fun Run/Walk takes centre stage in Wexford town with charities benefiting from any funds raised. All proceeds will go towards Wexford Marine Watch and It’sgood2talk.
Different talks and discussions are being organised with a seminar on positive ageing planned for the Tuesday.
Through working in diligent fashion and aided by funding from the East Leinster Project Wexford GAA have been able to increase their coaching output and this is affording youngsters further opportunities.
Michael Martin, Wexford GAA Vice-Chairman, is hugely encouraged by the response from schools and clubs ahead of the inaugural staging of the WELLness week.
“When I came into the Vice Chairman role alongside Chairman Derek Kent we noticed there had been a drop in participation and it was something we wanted to target,” Martin says.
“The reaction has been so good that in 2020 we are looking into the possibility of creating a Wellness month considering the amount that is going on.”
The aftermath of suicide has impacted hugely on clubs throughout the country so Martin, a Primary School principal, is well placed to recognise the impact sport can have on communities and is looking forward to next month.
“It is important to promote positivity and all the age groups will benefit from different ways through tournaments and talks.
“In a way it will help refocus people and it is vital because the importance of community should never be underestimated. People are always there to talk.
“The session with Davy Fitzgerald, Mags Darcy, Oisin McConville is attracting interest. People have seen what is going on they have offered to help out in any way that they can.”
McCauley’s Health and Beauty Pharmacy are supporting Wexford’s WELLness week and it is hoped that more than 5,500 primary and secondary school children will be involved in the various activities during the week.