WHAT IS GAELIC4MOTHERS&OTHERS
The Gaelic4Mothers&Others initiative is an innovative way to introduce mothers and other women to playing Ladies Gaelic Football in a fun, non-competitive and social environment. Gaelic4Mothers&Others provides an opportunity for women to get their recommended weekly exercise in a fun way while meeting other women in the area.
The philosophy of Gaelic4Mothers&Others games is to promote full participation with emphasis on non-competitive and social atmosphere. Every participant should get the opportunity to develop their skills in a fun and safe environment.
WHAT AGES/ABILITIES DOES IT CATER FOR?
The initiative has proved hugely popular with women of all ages (25yrs++++!) and has taken off in all 32 counties with success stories popping up all over the country. The reason for its success can be attributed to how it allows women of all ages and all abilities to play our National sport. No experience is required. Due to the initiative’s huge popularity there are numerous events organised throughout the season for teams to participate, in which our clubs here in Kilkenny take full advantage of the fun and football. The clubs in Kilkenny that run the Gaelic4Mothers&Others initiative are Dunnamaggin LGFC, Erins Own LGFC, Thomastown LGFC, Piltown LGFC, Tullaroan Mothers&Others and 3 Counties Gaelic4Mothers&Others (Freshford,Urlingford,Galmoy) Please visit the Contacts section of the website if you wish to contact any of these clubs. All these clubs can also be found on facebook.
ORGANISING A GAME/BLITZ
If you are considering holding a Gaelic4Mothers&Others Game and/or Blitz in your club or County here are a few things to think about:
- Notification of all games and blitzes should be submitted via the ONLINE FORM which will be sent to Vinny Whelan (National Development officer) at firstname.lastname@example.org . The purpose of this is for the LGFA office to have a record of all blitzes played during the year.
- The primary aim of a Gaelic4Mothers&Others games/blitz is to give clubs the opportunity to socialise with other teams and to try out their skills in a fun environment. The aim of your game/blitz should be to facilitate this socialising and feel good atmosphere for other teams.
- Gaelic4Mothers&Others is a strictly recreational and non-competitive initiative. It is therefore imperative that Games/Blitz Days are run with the right ethos. To ensure this, there should be no finals played and no medals or trophies should be presented. (an exception to this would be if a club presented a FUN award, i.e. ‘Most Entertaining Team’ or ‘Best Team Song.’)
- Clubs may be visited by a member of the LGFA Development Team to ensure the ethos of G4M&O is being adhered to at all times
- Games should be no more than 11-a-side, should not be played on full size pitches, and should be no longer than 20 minutes a half (Single game).
- Referees should be fully aware of the Gaelic4Mothers&Others ethos and ensure that all games are played in a non-competitive and safe manner.
- As Games/Blitz Days are a social event you should consider if you want to provide entertainment or a post game/blitz event. Teams may want to carry on their activities later in the evening, could your club facilitate this?
- The key factor in Gaelic4Mothers&Others Blitz Days is that they are held in a fun and inclusive environment. Every participant regardless of ability or experience should feel welcome on the day
USEFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES
G4M&O Game and Blitz Guidelines
Gaelic4Mothers&Others Section on LGFA Website
Gaelic4Mothers&Others LGFA Webinar