Deadline to enter Ulster Bank GAA Force approaching

GAA clubs throughout Leinster have until Friday, August 19 to enter Ulster Bank GAA Force – a major new club focused initiative which will support local GAA clubs across the country by giving them the opportunity to refurbish and upgrade their facilities.

GAA clubs throughout Leinster have until Friday, August 19 to enter Ulster Bank GAA Force – a major new club focused initiative which will support local GAA clubs across the country by giving them the opportunity to refurbish and upgrade their facilities.

Ulster Bank launched the initiative to coincide with its extended three-year sponsorship of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship.

One lucky GAA club will receive the top award including support worth €25,000, while four runners-up (one from each province) will receive a support package worth €5,000. Open to GAA clubs across the island of Ireland, entries must be submitted online - www.ulsterbank.com/gaa.

Entrants will provide details of their club’s plans to make improvements, the role of the club in their locality and the benefits the makeover would make to the club and the wider community. The first 100 clubs to register will also receive a mini support package to the value of €100.

As well as offering financial support, the Ulster Bank GAA Force initiative aims to show the power of team spirit by bringing local communities together over the October bank holiday weekend to carry out improvements to their GAA club facilities. Helpful, downloadable tools and guidance on how to build a team of helpers for each club are available on the Ulster Bank GAA Force website.

Speaking about Ulster Bank GAA Force, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Ulster Bank GAA Force Ambassador, said: “This is the first time an initiative like this has been set up across the country. Ulster Bank GAA Force creates the perfect opportunity for local communities to pull together to improve their club’s facilities. A number of clubs across the country have been struggling to maintain and improve facilities in recent years. Ulster Bank GAA Force is about providing a helpful hand by bringing the community together to get behind their local club.

“I know, at first-hand, how important the GAA club is in local communities and this Ulster Bank GAA Force initiative will provide a massive boost, not only for the winning club but also for the communities of the winning clubs.”

For further information and to access behind the scenes footage and analysis throughout the 2011 GAA Football All-Ireland Championship, go to www.ulsterbank.com/gaa.