On the week of the 23rd of September 2021, the GAA, LGFA and Camogie invites all clubs to run an event for the wider community and support the Gaelic Games National Inclusive Fitness Day. Last year many clubs ran virtual bingo nights, virtual fitness sessions, pride matches, inclusion all-stars teams, outdoor training (GAA, Camogie, LGFA, Rounders, Handball, other sports), virtual tours of the club and many more creative activities. 2021 NIFD theme is “GAA Healthy Families”. #GAAClann. The event falls during the European Week of Sport (23rd – 30th September) and aims to promote sport, physical and healthy lifestyle activity to everyone regardless of age, disability, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, nationality, or fitness level. Inclusion means people having a sense of belonging, of being comfortable in being part of something they value. Diversity means being aware of, accommodating, and celebrating differences.
GAA Diversity and Inclusion officer Ger McTavish explains: “Inclusion is about making a difference. Inclusivity is a movement, a move to include. Being truly inclusive is living our GAA motto, ‘Where we all Belong’. “This work takes many forms. It ranges from ensuring that our policies and practices support the cultural integration and social inclusion of people from across Ireland’s diverse ethnic population, to making sure that all Gaelic games are adapted for people with different abilities.”
A simple 6 Steps process, including access to all necessary resources, has been developed for clubs interested in participating in the Gaelic Games National Inclusive Fitness Day, a process that will also support their journey in becoming a more inclusive club.
1. Your club must register online by September 20th here
2. Sign up to CARA Sport Inclusion Disability Charter here