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

All Sibling Sensory Santa  Saturday 4th December, 5-6pm in the Paddock @ Kilmacud Crokes
Wednesday 1st December, 2021

On December 4 th 2021, will host our 4th All Sibling Sensory Santa. This year, the paddock

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Kilmacud Crokes Friday Inclusion Sports Club - Featured on TG4
Tuesday 30th November, 2021

Check out the RTE Player link in the article below – go to 16 minutes  for feature on Kilmacud Crokes

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Senior Hurlers Support for Our Club Inclusion, Sport for All Program
Saturday 20th November, 2021

The senior hurling team have been fantastic supporters of our Club Inclusion, Sport for all program championed under the Healthy Club banner by our Healthy Club Officer Kiera Brown.  Fergal Whitely and Oisin O' Rourke made sure that the participants in this program were not left out and could tak

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Kilmacud Crokes Launches Active Autumn 2021 Programme
Wednesday 27th October, 2021

We are delighted to launch our KC Active Autumn Programme 2021. 

Please open the PDF file below to view the full programme offerings

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Inclusive Family Fitness Day Sunday 26th @ 2.30pm in the Paddock  - What a Great Event !!!!
Monday 27th September, 2021

Inclusive Family Fitness Day 

We had a fabulous day, I'm not sure who enjoyed it more- the kids, the parents or the coaches!

The Sun shone, the coaches were bright and the kids were brighter still.

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Friday 10th Sept  World Suicide Prevention Day
Thursday 9th September, 2021

 

Lots of useful resources available at the following  :

Supporting someone who might be suicidal, HSE yourmentalhealth.ie 

• Tips on being a good listener, HSE yourmentalhealth.ie 

• Talk about how you feel, HSE yourmentalhealth.ie 

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Kilmacud Crokes Choir End Of Term Recording
Monday 31st May, 2021

The KC Choir has come to the end of another successful year under the direction of Vincent Lynch our wonderful Music Director to whom we are Indebted.

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Kilmacud Crokes Choir Performance of " Mo Ghile Mea"r  Supporting Seachtain Na Gaelige  -  #snaG21
Saturday 6th March, 2021

 

 #snaG21 Kilmacud Crokes are supporting Seachtain na Gaelige 1 - 17 March.

Check out the Choirs Performance at the Link Below- Well done to all Involved.

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ThANK YOU To The KIlmacud Crokes Choir for Supporting Laura Lynn & Blackrock Hospice
Saturday 20th February, 2021

 

As members will recall, the Kilmacud Crokes Choir put together a stunning video recording to raise money for Blackrock Hospice and Laura Lynn at Christmas. Each organization received over 3K euro as a result. Well done to all involved. Thank You messages are below.

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Kilmacud Crokes "Green Club"  program participation
Monday 11th January, 2021

We are delighted to announce that Kilmacud Crokes GAA is one of 45 clubs along with two regional hubs, selected to participate in Phase One of a new GAA Green Club. 

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