It’s that time of year again when clubs from around the province apply to be part of the National Ladies Gaelic programme Gaelic4Girls. With the programme proving to be extremely successful for the clubs who have participated in recent years, the demand for places on this year’s programme shows how much clubs want to be involved. But with limited places available only the chosen few made it through.
The programme’s main aim is to increase the number of girls between the ages of 8-12 playing Ladies Gaelic football in a club. Suitable for new clubs setting up or for existing clubs who just need revitalised in this area, the clubs involved go through a training night to equip them with the tools needed to run the programme successfully in their club. 47 people from 11 clubs across Ulster convened in Galbally Community Centre for this year’s training and went away full of enthusiasm for the weeks ahead.
All the clubs involved run the programme for 12 weeks within their own club. They are then twinned with another club for a mini blitz before they are invited to attend a provincial blitz where the girls get a chance to play against teams from all over the province. The icing on the cake for many though is the fact that the clubs are also invited to play on the most famous GAA pitch around, Croke Park. What an experience for any 10 year old!
This year’s successful clubs in Ulster are as follows:
Lámh Dhearg and Naomh Padraig Lisburn in Antrim, St Patrick’s Dromintee in Armagh, Shercock in Cavan, Ballinascreen in Derry, St Patrick’s Donagh and Belcoo O’Rahilly’s in Fermanagh, Magheracloone in Monaghan and Galbally Pearses, Errigal Ciaran and Stewartstown Harps in Tyrone.
Best of luck for all the clubs taking part. Watch this space for news of potential stars of the future!