Club Health & Wellbeing Strategy



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.



Crokes Talks Objectives



  • 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



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

Cookery for Crokes
Wednesday 11th May, 2016


Crokes Recalls
Monday 25th April, 2016

The popular Crokes Recalls afternoon get together was held   on Wednesday April 27th between 3pm and 5pm in The Village Cafe.  Great time had by all in attendance. Watch for next Months event on the last Wednesday in May



Tuesday 19th April, 2016

Tonight's guest speaker is Frances Black

KC Wheelers Bike Work Shop  - Preparing for M2M cycle
Friday 15th April, 2016

KC Wheelers found a new use for our Club Hurling arena this week. For the 22  who signed up to  the bike repair workshop on Wednesday this week, it  was a great success.   The event was professionally presented by 3 mechanics from Belfield  bike shop.

Tuesday 12th April, 2016

EVENT on April 21st Kilmacud Crokes 8pm – 9pm

Talk Title  

‘Exam preparation – how to be at your best during study and exam season’

Speaker Profile:

Friday 8th April, 2016

Tony Griffin  and his team  of delivered a workshop for a group of under 15/16 footballers/hurlers in the club on  March 31st.  Lots of positive feedback received.

Friday 8th April, 2016

The Kick Start Crokes Cycling group pictured on their 50km spin out to Howth to finish up the 8 week program. Well done to all invoklved.


5K Fun Run/Walk Wraps up Kickstart Crokes programme!
Wednesday 16th March, 2016

The Kickstart Crokes programme - which started in early January and saw members sign up for an 8 week exercise program across a number of activities including jogging, cycling, Pilates, yoga and circuit training – finished up on Sunday March 13th.

Crokes Talks
Friday 12th February, 2016

John shares his inspiring story. Function Room, Glenalbyn House, 8pm on 25 February 2016

Monday 4th January, 2016
Free classes starting on 18 January! Register in club at 8pm on Jan 13th!