Cork GAA Health and Well-Being Forum Saturday 17th October 2015-10-15 00:15:00

Cork GAA Health and Well-Being Forum: Healthy Bodies - Healthy Minds - Healthy Clubs.

Event: Cork GAA Health and Well-Being Forum

When: Saturday October 17th from 10.30am - 1.30pm

Where: St Finbarr’s Hurling and Football Club

Why your health is the GAA’s wealth -

While the GAA will always primarily be known as one of the world’s leading amateur sports organisations, our members, and our communities remain at the heart of all we do. 

A quick glance at the Association’s mission leaves you in no doubt about such ideals. It reads: ‘We are dedicated to ensuring that our family of games, and the values we live, enrich the lives of our members, families and the communities we serve.’

To better achieve this, Health & Wellbeing sub-Committees are being established across the 32 counties, as per the motion passed at the historic Congress in Derry in 2013. 

These new county committees have been tasked with helping the Association to identify and respond to the wellbeing needs of its members, both directly through GAA health-related programmes such as the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) programme, the GAA Social Initiative, the RESPECT Initiative, the ‘Live to Play’ road safety initiative, and the Play in my Boots mental health resource for players and clubs. 

It will also involve signposting to and partnering with relevant national and local agencies who can provide services that may be of use to our members, such as Samaritans, the GAA’s new mental health partners.

To link this important work with the great efforts being made at grassroots level, Coiste Bainistí has recommended that all clubs appoint a Health & Wellbeing Officer by their next AGM. This will replace the existing role of the ASAP Officer and is intended to better reflect the broad nature of health promoting work the Association already engages in.

March 2015, saw the Cork County Health and Wellbeing Committee established to support the efforts of all clubs in Cork City and County to increase the profile of Health and Wellbeing in their day-to-day business. 

The primary function of the County Health & Wellbeing Committee is to act as a conduit of information, and be a link in terms of communications throughout the Health & Wellbeing network. With that in mind the first action of the Cork County Health & Wellbeing Committee is to organise the 1st Cork GAA Health & Wellbeing Forum.

The free event, themed ‘Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Clubs’, is designed to support, educate, and invigorate the GAA volunteers who are driving this important work within the Association. The forum will prove worthwhile to any member interested in learning more about the field of health and wellbeing. 

Especially welcome are any new Club Health and Wellbeing Officers or those considering taking up this role in clubs across the county. Guest speaker on the day will include Óisín McConville. 

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Cork GAA inaugural Health and Well-Being Forum

Date: Saturday October 17th

Time: 10.30-1.30pm

Venue: St Finbarr’s Hurling and Football Club, Togher, Cork


10.30am  Registration

11.00am Welcome Address

11.10am GAA's Role in Health -

      Janas Harrington, Secretary, Cork Health and Well-Being Committee

11.20am GAA Health and Well-Being Structures - 

     Colin Regan, Manager GAA Health & Well-Being Programmes

11.40am The Healthy Club Experience - 

      Claire Harrington, St Finbarrs & Pearse McCarthy, Midleton GAA

12.00pm The Role of the Samaritans in the GAA - Majella Canty

12.15 TBC

12.30pm Guest Speaker - Ã“isín McConville

1.00pm Panel Discussion

1.20pm Health and Well-Being in Cork GAA Clubs: 

      What Next? - Janas Harrington

1.30pm Forum Close

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