The annual Ladies Gaelic Football Association ‘Gaelic4Girls’ National Blitz day took place in Croke Park on Monday, July 15thwith 940 girls from 40 clubs representing 28 different counties taking to the field to have a day of fun and football on the most famous pitch in the country.
It is a huge undertaking to provide football and entertainment for nearly 1,000 young girls throughout the day but this was achieved with the help of 132 mentors with the clubs and the presence of 20 voluntary pitch co-ordinators who gave their time freely to take part in this great day. Croke Park was divided onto 6 smaller pitches where the girls were able to show off their new skills against other clubs in a friendly, non-competitive enviroment.
The day was made even more special as the participants were able to meet their heroes and have their pictures taken with star ladies footballers including the likes of Kerry’s Bernie Breen and Dublin’s Denise Masterson along with many others.
The girls, aged between 9 and 13 years of age were part of the 2013 Gaelic4Girls programme which took place at new and struggling clubs throughout the country. Each participating club ran a 12 week programme with the aim of increasing participation numbers and attracting new players to their club. Not only did each girl that took part receive top quality coaching but they also were provided with a safe and nurturing environment in which they were able to develop important social skills.
Thanks to the great experience that each of the 940 players had in Croke Park it is hoped that the clubs that participated will have found new players that can help to grow their club into the future.
Ladies Football will return to Croke Park when we celebrate the occasion of our 40th Ladies Senior All Ireland Football Final on September 29th. Information about tickets will be available from www.ladiesgaelic.ie