What is Gaelic4Girls (G4G)?
G4G is a 12 week programme incorporating coaching sessions with fun non-competitive blitzes aimed at increasing participation in Ladies Gaelic Football. The programme targets girls aged between 8-12 years who are not currently registered with a Ladies Gaelic Football club. In essence, this is a tool to attract new players.
What are the aims of the Gaelic4Girls Programme?
- To increase the numbers of girls playing Ladies Gaelic football in a club.
- To provide a fun, 12 week programme of Ladies Gaelic Football activities to attract girls aged 8-12 to the club.
- To support a club in increasing their number of players, and integrate those new players into existing teams.
- To develop athletic and social skills for girls in a safe and nurturing environment.
What are the benefits of running Gaelic4Girls in your Club?
- Participation levels will be increased.
- Free training will be provided to the Coaches and Co-ordinator in your Club.
- Resources will be provided to your Club to market and advertise the Programme.
- There is the potential for your Club to become a more vibrant, active part of your local community through enhanced participation.
What clubs may apply for the G4G programme?
A Struggling Club – an already registered LGFA Club who is struggling for numbers and can show evidence that those numbers are in the Club Catchment Area.
An Established Club – an already registered LGFA Club who wants to increase participation in this age bracket and can show evidence that those numbers exist in the Club Catchment Area.
New Club – potential for a new LGFA club to form. Clear evidence must be provided to show that potential for a new club exists and appropriate structures are in place.
What does the G4G programme entail for your Club if your application is successful?
- The Club must be able to provide a co-ordinator and a minimum of 1 coach per 10 participants to run the Programme. Minimum of 2 coaches per Programme.
- All the G4G coaches and co-ordinators must attend Provincial training.
- The Club must be willing to welcome ALL new members.
- The coordinators will be provided with marketing materials e.g. flyers, posters and the Club must use this material to promote the Programme in the schools and elsewhere.
- The first 8 weeks of the Programme will involve weekly coaching sessions separate to the regular U10/12/14 sessions in the Club, specifically designed for those who have not participated before.
- The last 4 weeks will involve integrated training sessions of all players with the above teams, as a means of integrating the G4G participants into the Club.
- A Mini Blitz may be available after 8 weeks (numbers dependent).
- A Provincial Blitz will be available after 12 weeks (approx).
- The Programme will cost €8 per player to cover the cost of promotional material and a programme specific T- shirt for each G4G participant.
- Clubs must participate in a Ready Steady Coach workshop during the programme. This workshop is aimed at providing support and assistance to new volunteers interested in helping with coaching or running a team within the Club. It is a 2 ½ hour course.
- The Club must monitor the integration of the G4G participants and ensure all those who want to continue to play Ladies Gaelic Football are registered and looked after.