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2018 LGFA Gaelic4 Teens Programme proves a huge hit

6 Leinster Clubs joined 9 other clubs from around the Country for the final day of the Gaelic4Teens programme Saturday 12 May at Abbotstown GAA National Games Development Centre. The clubs have followed an 8 week programme which saw workshops designed to help clubs and coaches retain teenage players at a time there is a high level of drop out (ages 14-17).

Participating clubs visited the impressive venue for a series of 7-a-side games, while they also picked up valuable tips and coaching expertise from Dublin’s 2010 All-Ireland winning goalkeeper Cliodhna O’Connor, Cork star Orlagh Farmer and Monaghan captain Sharon Courtney.

The clubs involved have been educated on how best to deal with teenage players and the ever-increasing pressure of lifestyle planning, with Gaelic4Teens adopting an educational approach on how to best approach the problem. Clubs and coaches were educated on the needs and interests of teenage girls in sport, as coaches and co-ordinators from 15 clubs attended two training days that were specifically designed to help them engage with teenage female players.

The training enabled coaches and clubs to reflect on their coaching behaviour and how they engage with players aged 15-17 years, with the ultimate aim of retaining those players within their clubs. Clubs received six training sessions that were specifically tailored to this age group. These differed from the sessions generally employed in other age grades, and the specialised sessions were then rolled out by the clubs.

The final day of the programme aimed to knit together all of the aspects of the previous weeks as players absorbed talks from Cliodhna O’Connor, Orlagh Farmer and Sharon Courtney on how to deal with life on and off the pitch. Orlagh Farmer and Sharon Courtney presented to the players on how to balance lifestyle demands while also delivering top nutrition and hydration tips. Brendan Martin Cup winner Cliodhna O’Connor demonstrated the importance of having the self-confidence to execute the skills of the game with real purpose. All players also participated in a series of non-competitive, small sided games on high-quality pitches in Abbotstown.

After completing the programme, the participating clubs will be armed with all the knowledge and skills necessary to retain players in their late teens, and their progress will be consistently monitored throughout the next year.

Gaelic4Teens Clubs – Leinster

Erin Go Bragh (Dublin)
Naomh Mearnog (Dublin)
Baile Dubh Tire (Wexford)
Rathnew (Wicklow)
Tinahely (Wicklow)
Baltinglass (Wicklow)

Clubs will be able to apply for the 2019 event later in the year.

For further information on the Gaelic4Teens programme, contact Suzi Doyle:


15 Clubs from 8 Counties have been selected to take part in the 2018 Gaelic4Girls and Gaelic4Teens programmes. 


The following 10 clubs will take part in a training session before rolling out the programme which aims to recruit new underage players. Following an 8 week plan, clubs will introduce girls to the sport using fun games and drills before integrating them into their existing teams. Gaelic4Girls celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year and has proved hugely successful in increasing participants. The 10 Leinster clubs will take part in a non-competitive Blitz later in the year.

  • Craobh Chiarain (Dublin)
  • Man O’War (Dublin)
  • Ballykelly (Kildare)
  • Monasterevin (Kildare)
  • Erins Own (Kilkenny)
  • Clonguish (Longford)
  • Wolfe Tones (Louth)
  • Stabannon Parnells (Louth)
  • Boardsmill (Meath)
  • Bannow/Ballinamitty (Wexford)


Gaelic4Teens is a coach education programme which aims to help clubs and coaches to retain players in the 15-17 year age groups where there is traditionally a high level of drop out.

The programme has been developed based on research on the motivations of teenage players and reasons for dropping out of sport and willwork closely with coaches, influencing the content of their coaching sessions as well as establishing the best ways for coaches to communicate with their players.

As well as tailoring training sessions, there will be a focus on education that will see star inter-county players Sharon Courtney (Monaghan), Cliodhna O’Connor (ex-Dublin), and Orlagh Farmer (Cork) provide expertise and advice to participants throughout the duration of the programme.

5 Leinster clubs will join 11 others from around the Country for the first day of the programme Saturday 24 February.

  • Clonard Volunteers (Wexford)
  • Baile Dubh Tire (Wexford)
  • Naomh Mearnóg (Dublin)
  • Erin go Bragh (Dublin)
  • Ballymore (Longford)



Get involved with the hugely successful Gaelic4Mothers&Others Initiative this year with your club. This clip shows the fun and enjoyment that the programme brings to these women. The Leinster Gaelic4Mothers&Others Information evening will take place on Tuesday 25th April at 7.30pm in St. Peregrines GAA Club and to book your place please contact Linda Monaghan at

Successful Day 2 for Club2Gether Programme

We had a hugely informative Day 2 of our Club2Gether Programme in Croke Park yesterday with the 10 selected clubs - Butlersbridge (Cavan), Craobh Chiarain (Dublin), Kerins O’Rahilly’s (Kerry), St. Kevin’s (Kildare), Granagh Ballingarry (Limerick), Miltown (Galway), Navan O'Mahony's (Meath), Clonmel Commercials (Tipperary), An Charraig Naomh Padraig (Tyrone) and St. Colman’s (Cork).

The focus for Day 2 was Officer Traning, Governance, Sponsorship, Fundraising, Accessing Funding and Planning. Well done to all clubs and thank you to our speakers. Remember applications will open later in the year for the next Programme.

23 Counties to Benefit with Gaelic4Girls Programme

Gaelic4Girls has been one of the great success stories for Ladies Gaelic Football in recent times as it helps clubs to grow and expand their membership base. The programme returns in 2017 with 37 clubs selected to benefit from the programme.

37 clubs have been selected to be take part in the 2017 Gaelic4Girls programme with each province and 23 counties represented in the selection. The 37 clubs were selected from a huge amount of entries and can now plan to take part in the programme beginning with the co-ordinator training that gets underway later this month. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LEINSTER CLUBS SELECTED 

Eire Og
St Pats Palmerstown
Ballyboden Wanderers
Cooley Kickhams
Naomh Feicin
Blackhall Gaels

New clubs that have been formed within the last 12 months as well as clubs that are expanding by developing a sustainable underage structure are heavily represented amongst the selection with clubs like St. Pat’s Palmerstown (Dublin), Eire Og (Antrim), St. Michael’s (Donegal), Eire Og (Carlow) and Clonard (Meath) hoping to secure their future by expanding and attracting younger players into the club, through participation in the Gaelic4Girls programme.

Melvin Gaels from Leitrim are a great example of a club that has benefitted from taking part in an LGFA programme in the past that hope to do so again. They were originally a Lidl Gaelic4Mothers&Others club that grew rapidly through their involvement in that non-competitive programme and they now hope to attract younger members to the newly established club.

The programme takes place over a 12 week period and is suitable for girls aged between 8-12 with players of all abilities who are not currently registered to a club welcome. The club receives training for their coaches and co-ordinator along with resources to market and promote their club’s participation in the programme. The 12 week programme will see players learn all of the skills of the game in a safe and fun environment before they are integrated with existing club players

The 37 clubs that will take part in the programme will hope to implement the programme in March after their co-ordinators and coaches have been fully trained and they will be invited to take part in the Provincial blitzes that will take place in Connacht on July 1st, Leinster and Munster on June 17th and Ulster on June 10th.

Paula Prunty, National Development Manager of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association said ‘Gaelic4Girls has had a hugely positive impact on the clubs that have taken part in the programme over the past decade and we are delighted to welcome these 37 new clubs into the initiative. These clubs will be given all the tools necessary to attract new players, to grow and secure their futures. There have been wonderful success stories like Shane O’Neill’s from Armagh that started as a Gaelic4Girls club and only 2 months ago they contested an All Ireland Club Final and have their first All Star in Aimee Mackin. This is the difference that Gaelic4Girls can make to a club and we are very optimistic that these clubs can follow a similar trajectory.’

National Development Day

All County Development Officers and Development Committees are invited to attend the LGFA National Development Day for 2017.

It is so important to start the year on the right foot and therefore the LGFA have dedicated a workshop specific to your development as part of the annual Development Programme. 

On Saturday 18th February 2017 the National Development Day will take place in the Croke Park Hotel commencing at 10.30am Sharp.

It will be an opportunity for all development officers to share ideas and seek invaluable information in order for everyone to carry out their role to the best of your ability for the year ahead. 

PLEASE NOTE - On the same day, out U-17 Development Information Meeting will take place. This is compulsory if your County intends participating in the U-17 Programme and Blitz in 2017. 

This is one day not to be missed!

Successful ‘Gaelic4Teens’ Clubs Announced

The Ladies Gaelic Football Association have confirmed the 10 clubs who have been selected to take part in the new and exciting Gaelic4Teens pilot programme over the coming months.

The innovative programme has been developed as a result of extensive research undertaken by the LGFA with clubs who were asked the areas that concern them most and that they wanted help with. The programme aims to help clubs to recruit and retain 15-17 year olds which has been identified as an age group with a very high drop-out rate.

The 10 clubs that will take part in the pilot programme are St. Brigid’s (Roscommon), Éire Óg (Clare), Valley Rovers (Cork), Mungret St. Paul’s (Limerick), Doire Colmcille (Derry), Crosserlough (Cavan), Naomh Muire Iochtar na Rossan (Donegal), Lucan Sarsfields (Dublin), Clonguish (Longford) and St. Patrick’s (Wicklow).

The programme will work closely with coaches, influencing the content of their coaching sessions as well as establishing the best ways for coaches to communicate with their players. The programme will constantly be monitored and evaluated to ensure that it achieves the aim of having a direct impact on the retention of these players.

As well as tailoring training sessions there will be a focus on education sessions that will see star players like Sharon Courtney, Cora Staunton and Cliodhna O’Connor provide their expertise and advice to the participants throughout the duration of the programme.

The research that prompted the development of the Gaelic4Teens programme revealed that players play for enjoyment, to keep fit and healthy, to relieve stress and because their friends also play. The reasons highlighted for giving up the sport are that they don’t get enough playing time, there is no fun at training, that it is too competitive and that they are treated differently.

The programme will begin on Saturday 25th February and will continue over the next two months with an evaluation taking place on completion of the pilot to analyse the impact on the players and their clubs.

For further information please contact Paula Prunty, LGFA National Development Manager

( or 01 8363156)

LGFA Confirm 10 Clubs to take part in Club2Gether Pilot

Earlier this year the Ladies Gaelic Football Association announced a pilot programme that was set to help clubs put together the structures to secure their future and in some cases avoid being wound up. The initial pilot of the programme will get underway in November and will continue throughout 2017.

The ten clubs that will take part in the programme have now been confirmed. All 4 provinces will be represented amongst the 10 participants coming from Cavan, Tyrone, Mayo, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Cork, Dublin, Kildare and Meath.

The 10 clubs that will take part in the new programme are; Butlerstown (Cavan), Craobh Chiarain (Dublin), Kerins O’Rahilly’s (Kerry), St. Kevin’s (Kildare), Granagh Ballingarry (Limerick), Miltown (Galway), St. Mary’s Donore/Rosnaree (Meath), Clonmel Commercials (Tipperary), An Charraig Naomh Padraig (Tyrone) and St. Colman’s (Cork)

All 10 clubs will now have the opportunity to take part in the LGFA club development initiative aimed at strengthening club structures. This initiative focuses on developing areas such as volunteer recruitment and retention, governance & officer training, sponsorship and fundraising, games development as well as planning for the future to ensure sustainable structures are in place going forward.

The club will now avail of free training for their club officers and coaches, resources will also be provided to the club to assist with building sustainable structures, a basic 2 year plan will be put in place with the aim of increasing the retention rates of volunteers with the overall effect being that clubs can become a more vibrant and active part of the local community.

Speaking at the announcement LGFA National Development Manager, Paula Prunty said ‘this is a great opportunity for clubs to develop their structures both on the field and off it. It will assist struggling clubs or clubs that want to build solid foundations for the future by providing high quality role specific training for role administrators and coaches in the clubs. We are very excited about piloting this programme and we believe that all 10 of the participating clubs will benefit hugely from being part of this initiative.’