The GAA's Healthy Club Project is continuing to make a big impact on the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of club members, as well as the wider community.
The original aim of the project, which began in 2013, was to transform GAA clubs into health-enhancing hubs for their communities and in recent years, thousands of people have benefitted from physical activity, mental health and emotional wellbeing programmes.
Earlier this year, phase three of the project was launched, which will ensure even more clubs nationwide are involved, delivering initiatives such as physical activity, mental fitness, healthy eating, alcohol education, anti-bullying and personal development.
St Sylvester's GAA Club in Malahide, Dublin, is one of 90 clubs nationwide selected to take part in phase three, and it recently held its official launch of the programme.
Since earlier this year, its Healthy Club Committee has organised a range of events, including an exam stress workshop and ‘safeTALK' suicide alert training. Future events include a four-week stress control programme and a series of healthy eating workshops.
"The aim of the Healthy Club Project is to help GAA clubs to support communities in the pursuit of better physical, social and mental wellbeing. It also aims to empower clubs so that everyone who engages benefits from the experience in a health-enhancing way, whether that is players, coaches, parents, supporters or the wider local community," commented St Sylvester's Healthy Club Committee chairperson, Barbara Condon.
Any GAA clubs who are not yet involved in the Healthy Club Project can find out how to get involved here