Club Health & Wellbeing Strategy

Introduction

 

As Ireland’s largest sporting and community organisation, the GAA has always held a pivotal role in promoting health and wellbeing among members and players. In this context the launch, within Kilmacud Crokes, of the GAA Mental Health Charter (March 2015) is “aimed at promoting mental health for all our members and the wider community in which we are situated. The R.E.S.P.E.C.T. philosophy stipulates that everyone will be treated with respect and they will participate, enjoy and contribute to our Club without prejudice, discrimination or any other negative consequences for them or others

‘Crokes Talks’ brings the GAA Mental Health Charter to life in Kilmacud Crokes, both within the club and across the wider community. It is a club wide initiative that aims to work collaboratively across club and community to support wellbeing by focusing on our physical and mental health. Wellbeing is associated with one’s ability to live in a productive and self-fulfilling manner and to have the resilience to cope effectively when faced with the challenges and stressors that are part of everyday life - in many ways like the core values of the GAA itself. In Kilmacud Crokes, the promotion of mental, as well as, physical wellbeing is at the heart of where we want to take our club over the next 3-5 years and beyond and we see it as an intrinsic part of the future success of the club. Crokes Talks aims to span across all sectors of the club from the youngest nursery members, through to the youth and adult sections of the club as well as past members who continue to support the essence of Kilmacud Crokes throughout the community.  Having surveyed our membership we will build on what they have said they value and focus on support, awareness, openness, learning and support.

 

What our members told us:


As a first step in Crokes Talks, a club wide survey was carried out online in June 2015 to find out more from our members about life in Kilmacud Crokes. There were over 470 responses (approximately 30% of the total adult membership) to the survey and they represented all sections of the club and all mixes of members (coaches, players, parents and club contributors).

 

Results of the survey highlighted the members’ view that the lifeblood of the club is inherently human, with a sense of camaraderie identified as being the most important attraction of being part of Kilmacud Crokes. Members clearly put friendship and personal support at the heart of the club - when it was selected as the most enjoyable aspect of being involved in Kilmacud Crokes.

Kilmacud Crokes has been a second home to our four children

A good sense of belonging and togetherness

“Lots of people helping each other and kids asking for nothing in return”

 

Members value the human element of the club - the opportunity to build friendships, access a support system and learn from and be mentored by other club members

You know we look after each other where we can

Reliable community always eager to help during tough periods of ones life

“Make friends with other coaches/parents…deepens my connection with community”

 

Members recognise the opportunity to establish life skills and lessons as an intrinsic part of being a member 

Enjoy my children taking part and learning new skills and a positive ethos

Personally rewarding to help kids develop their skills, characters and personalities

“Culture of club…fosters mutual respect…striving for excellence but not measuring the child by results only”

 

Members appreciate the escape and relaxation that is enabled by being part of the club 

It's a chance to let off steam

Playing makes my soul lift out of my body

Facilitates release of pent up energy created by stress of work and life in general

 

The findings of this survey have informed the overall strategy of Crokes Talks, which is outlined as follows.

 

OBJECTIVES 2015-18

Crokes Talks Objectives

 

WE WILL

  • Support Social Interaction across the entire club building on the “Crokes Recalls” initiative.
  • Encourage physical activity for all of our members building on “Couch to 5k” initiative.
  • Promote learning, positivity, awareness and support through continued engagement with specialised facilitators. The holding of relevant workshops and similar activities designed to 

 

OUR Mission

Crokes Talks Mission

 

AIMS

Crokes Talks - aims

Related documents

Download the Community Development in the GAA HERE community_development.pdf

Download Survey highlights HERE poster2_crokes.pdf

Crokes Talks - News & Reports

Singing for Laura Lynn   Saturday December 9th
Monday 11th December, 2017

On Saturday December 9th, the newly formed Crokes Choir which was setup under the banner of our Healthy Club program delivered a brilliant performance in Stillorgan Shopping Center raising funds for Laura Lynn.

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GAA Club Newsletter November 2017
Wednesday 6th December, 2017

Includes Article on Healthy Club program - Award which Crokes recently got

newsletternov_neutral.pdf

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Great Talk on Positive Mental Health and Resilience in Teenagers On Wednesday Nov 22nd - Thanks Niall & Yvonne
Thursday 23rd November, 2017
The third and final event in the Kilmacud Crokes Football series of Autumn Information Evenings took place in the club on Wednesday Nov 22nd.  The talk addressed the subject of ‘Positive Mental Health and Resilience in Teenagers’ and we were extremely fortunate to have as our guest speakers Dr.
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Kilmacud Crokes Friends Of Laura Lynn
Tuesday 21st November, 2017

LIGHT UP LAURALYNN 

SUNDAY, 26 NOVEMBER 2017, 3:30PM - 5:30PM

This special event promises to be a wonderful celebration of life and Christmas with our supporters and the local community.

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Positive Mental Health and Resilience in Teenagers - Football Section  Autum Series Talk 8.30 pm on 22 November 2017
Tuesday 7th November, 2017

The third and final event in the Kilmacud Crokes Football series of Autumn Information Evenings’ takes place in the club function room at 8.30 pm on 22 November 2017.

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KIlmacud Crokes Gets Healthy Club Award
Saturday 4th November, 2017

Kilmacud Crokes Club Wellbeing Officer Kevin Mulligan receiving the GAA healthy club award at Croke Park today on behalf of Crokes.

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Kilnmacud Football Presents  Evening 2 - Autumn Information Evenings for Parents
Thursday 12th October, 2017
Kilmacud Football - Autumn Information Evenings for Parents Evening 2 Health and Athletic Performance in Teenagers Wednesday 18th October 2017
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Kick Start Crokes - We Need Your Help
Wednesday 27th September, 2017

The Healthy Club Project is a GAA initiative backed by Irish Life and Healthy Ireland. It is focused on improving the health of the nation. The initiative capitalizes on the key role played by GAA clubs in local communities all over the island of Ireland. Our club is one of the sixty clubs in Ire

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GAA - Fun and Run Introduction Friday September 22nd in Trinity College  6pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday 20th September, 2017

Come along and Experience the launch of a new GAA game - Fun and Run. Targteted as a GAA intervention providing Inclusion and Sport for all.  There will be a bus leaving Crokes at 5 and returning back to the club for 8 so leaving town around 7,30.

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