Its been a brilliant start to 2018 and we are proud to announce our focus on our young people this year. In support of the Scotland-wide initiative #YOYP2018, the Glasgow Gaels have several upcoming events that are focused on our young people and their lasting impact on both the club and the wider community. On the site they describe the YOTYP2018 as:
…. “an opportunity for generations to come together and celebrate our nation’s young people.
It is a platform for our young people (8 to 26). It will give them a stronger voice on issues which affect their lives, showcase their ideas and talents, and ultimately, aim to challenge status quo and create a more positive perception of them in society”.
Clydebank Community Sport Hub Artwork:
Together with the Lead Architect on the CCSH project, Marc Kilkenny, and Freytag Anderson studios, the Gaels kids are involved in the creation of tiles to include on the outside of the new building.
As well as a redeveloped home for our clubs this is a regeneration project for the Whitecrook area, therefore the kids that live in the area make up a large population of those affected by it.
The project will consist of 4 cast stone (concrete) panels on the south east corner of the building with this community-involved artwork cast into them.
Primary Schools Tournament, West Dunbartonshire Council, March 27th, 2017:
Over the past year, Scotland GAA’s CDA, Niall Considine has been visiting and delivering Gaelic football in primary schools in the Clydebank area. These blocks will culminate in a primary schools tournament on the 27th of March at St. Peter the Apostle High School. Invited primaries include Clydemuir, Kilbowie, Linnvale, St. Euanans, St. Stephens, Our Lady of Loretto, and Whitecrook. It will be a brilliant occasion bringing our sport out in the schools of the community.
‘Sense over Sectarianism’ Initiative, schools tournament, Scotstoun Leisure, 17th April 2017:
As part of the “Sense over sectariansim” (SOS) intitiative, pupils from three local Glasgow City Council schools will be interacting socially in an effort to meet with children from different religious denominations. The pupils in all three schools are studying “Divided City”, a novel focusing on the stigma of Catholic and Protestant relationships in Glasgow.
As a way of engaging in a safe and fun environment, pupils from St. Pauls, Whiteinch Primary and Scotstoun Primary will be participating in a Gaelic Football tournament (a sport which many have not encountered). It is sure to be a fun filled and active day.
The Gaels are delighted to have been chosen as one of the clubs in Britain for the Gaelic4Girls Programme. G4G is a 12 week programme incorporating coaching sessions with fun non-competitive blitzes aimed at increasing participation in Ladies Gaelic Football. The programme targets girls aged between 8-12 years who are not currently registered with a Ladies Gaelic Football club. This will hopefully attract more girls to playing the sport of Gaelic Football.
At the Gaels are mission is always to provide a sense of identity, belonging and community spirit through our initiatives and we believe that our involvement in the above projects is a step toward aligning with our aims. For more information about any of these intiatives please feel free to contact us. We are always looking for volunteers and new ways to get involved in our community.