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

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.

 

0 Comments
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.

0 Comments
Crokes Talks
Friday 12th February, 2016

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

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

 

0 Comments
Sunday 8th November, 2015

0 Comments
Tuesday 3rd November, 2015

As members will know, CrokesTalks is our tag line for the strategy and focus we are developing and implementing in the club for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

 

0 Comments
CrokesTalks_0
Wednesday 7th October, 2015

 Headstrong Workshop 
‘Supporting our young people’s mental health ‘

Thursday OCTOBER 22nd at 8.00 pm
Function Room

 

This is a one hour workshop with time for questions afterwards, which covers the following topics:

0 Comments
CrokesTalks
Wednesday 7th October, 2015

FREE “STRESS CONTROL” EVENING CLASS. 

 

WHAT IS IT? 

0 Comments
Sunday 4th October, 2015
Crokes Talks
0 Comments
Sunday 23rd August, 2015
 A very relevant lecture in UCD this Tuesday evening, open to the public      
0 Comments

Pages