Limerick applicants sought for GAA's Healthy Club project

Limerick applicants sought for GAA's Healthy Club project

Club across Limerick are being encouraged to apply for the exciting GAA Healthy Club Project (HCP).

The deadline for this project is this Friday, January 26, and clubs can benefit from the support of the GAA, the HSE and Healthy Ireland (among others) by organising a series of healthy initiatives in their club. Mungret GAA were among the 16 clubs nationwide in Phase 1.

The Community & Health team in Croke Park is looking to recruit at least one club from each county to join the 16 clubs that participated in Phase 1 (which ran from 2013 to 2015). Clubs can submit their ‘Expressions of interest’ by going to www.gaa.ie/community.

The Healthy Club Project was started in 2013 to better support GAA clubs in responding to and supporting the health and wellbeing of their members and the wider community they serve.

It involves a partnership with the HSE and is supported by Healthy Ireland, Sport Ireland, and the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland. Irish Life has come onboard for three years with a CSR investment of €1m to help Phase 2 it achieve its full potential.

GAA clubs already contribute greatly to the health and wellbeing of their members by providing opportunities to develop their physical, social, emotional, and psychological health.

However, the HCP aims to assist clubs in this important work, help them identify areas where they would like to improve, and empower them to ensure that everyone who engages with their club benefits from the experience in a health-enhancing way.

Phase 2 will run for 18 months, during which time selected clubs will enjoy exclusive access to Healthy Club resources and supports. They will also help to ensure the project is properly evaluated and that each of the resources are fit for purpose.