EMMA RYAN: Gaelic for Mothers and Others

Gaelic for mothers and others

Gaelic for mothers and others

Dropping the kids of at training and waiting in the car until it is over? Or have you played Gaelic previously but fallen away from the local club? Now is your chance to join the action and play the game with other women just like you.

The Gaelic for Mothers and others initiative was introduced in the hope of including mothers in ladies Gaelic football and their local clubs. The scheme gives mothers and other women the opportunity to play Gaelic football, learn the basic skills and exercise regularly.


The Gaelic for Mothers and others initiative is open to women over 18 and not currently playing competitively for a club. The women involved do not have to be a mother and the programme is perfect for those with an interest in sports or those who have not played Gaelic for a long time.

“The demand for the programme came from the mothers who dropped their kids off to training and waited in the car until the training was over. The idea came from catering for this demographic and providing them with the chance to participate in the sport. It also gives the clubs a new army of volunteers and the kids love having their mother’s involved.” said a spokesperson from the Ladies Gaelic Football Association.

The women who take part learn all about the game in a fun and non competitive environment and also get the chance to meet other women from their locality.

The initiative was launched in 2008 and has gone from strength to strength since then with around 200 clubs being set up throughout the country. The number of women currently participating has risen to over 1,000 women in 2015.

“The Gaelic for Mothers and Others is a unique programme for women of all ages who are interested in being active in a non serious environment. The programme gives women the opportunity to be active, increase their weekly exercise and begin or maintain their fitness levels in a fun and enjoyable way as a group.”

Although the initiative is non competitive, the teams will compete in a provincial blitz where they meet other teams and play against them in a fun and friendly manner. There is also a national blitz which includes playing with clubs from all over the country.

“The blitz days are going from strength to strength. It is currently one of the highlights on the sporting calendar. Last year, there was a record breaking attendance of over 1,200 women participating from different clubs and it is expanding every year. The demand is very high and the association is very proud of how far the programme has come.”

This initiative gives women of all ages the chance to take part in something fun and non competitive while increasing skills and meeting new people. With the demand for this programme increasing every year, there is no better time to get involved or suggest that your local club starts up a team for all those Mothers and Others who want to get involved in the game.

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