Ballinacurra Gaels, a LIMERICK city GAA club, has formed a new Ladies Football department.

Beginning in mid-March, the club will take part in the Gaelic4Girls program.

This ten-week program is for girls ages 8 to 12 who want to learn about Ladies Gaelic Football.

Ballinacurra Gaels’ chairman is Eoin Buckley.

“Ballinacurra Gardens, Prospect, Hyde Road, Ballinacurra Weston, South Circular Road, Ashbourne Ave, and the inner city are all included in the Ballinacurra Gaels catchment area. All interested females from Janesboro, Southill, Rosbrien, and beyond are encouraged to participate “Buckley articulated his thoughts.

“Gaelic4Girls is accessible to anybody born between 2009 and 2014, or who will be between the ages of 8 and 12 in 2022. No prior experience is necessary since Ladies Football is highly accessible to ladies who are new to Gaelic games or who have previously participated and want to return “he said

Players who are presently registered with and playing for an LGFA team, however, are not eligible.

All participants will get a Gaelic4Girls shirt and will have the opportunity to meet some special visitors. For the full 10 weeks, the entry price, which includes the jersey, is €12.

Participants are encouraged to attend a registration session next Thursday, March 10 from 7-8pm at the Ballinacurra Gaels clubhouse (Eircode V94 TF65).

G4G Coordinator Eoin Buckley may be reached via SMS at 087 6986895 or by email at [email protected].

The Gaelic4Girls program is ten weeks long.

Weekly coaching sessions are held throughout weeks 1-4, followed by two weeks of activities for coaches and parents.

Weeks 7-10 will continue the weekly coaching with a series of small-sided games or a mini-blitz to end.

“We would urge all eligible girls to join Gaelic4Girls since physical exercise helps girls develop better confidence, self-esteem, and a healthy body image. Playing together will help the girls build teamwork skills that will serve them well throughout their lives and will considerably enhance their job and employability abilities “Buckley detailed his thoughts.

“Ballinacurra Gaels GAA has a long tradition of accepting children and their families from all walks of life, and the club invites everyone to participate in its operations. Ballinacurra Gaels Ladies Football Club will provide all girls with the chance to participate in competitive sport in a joyful, inclusive atmosphere, ensuring that our local ladies may continue to play with their friends from a young age into their twenties and beyond.”

The Ladies Gaelic Football Association, Gaelic4Girls sponsor Glenveagh Homes, and Limerick City and County Council’s Social Intervention Fund are all supporting this program.

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