Camogie4Teens initiative to launch in 2016 with 1000 girls to take part
The Camogie Association received €25,000 for its project Camogie4Teens which will provide activities and training for female teenagers within club communities.
100 camogie clubs, across four provinces will take part in Camogie4Teens with five specific programmes provided to each club. The programmes will target the participation levels of teenage girls, aged 15-18 years and will also upskill each girl with regards to club administration, coaching and refereeing.
Camogie clubs have been linked together in each province for the purpose of Camogie4Teens and each camogie club will act as the host club for specific parts of the programme. The five sections of the programme are: Mixed and non-competitive games; coaching courses; refereeing workshops; club administration and PR; Camogie Fun Day.
The key objective of Camogie4Teens is to increase the activity levels of teenage girls within the specific group of camogie clubs; to train teenagers in camogie related activities such as club administration and PR and in turn clubs benefit from having a cohort of trained volunteers available to assist with club duties.
The Coca-Cola Thank You Fund has awarded €125,000 in funding for the fifth consecutive year. This is the second time that the Camogie Association have successfully applied for funding.
“At the Camogie Association, we are looking forward to implementing Camogie4Teens. We have all seen the studies which point to a decline in teenage girls’ participation in physical activity. This programme will target 100 clubs and a total of up to 1,000 teenagers. It will seek to increase activity levels of female teenagers in the clubs and will seek to involve those who do not currently play. Training will be provided in activities such as running a club, refereeing, coaching and PR. We look forward to implementing this project and would like to thank the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund for supplying €25,000 in funding,” said Catherine Neary, President of the Camogie Association.
“The World Health Organisation has identified physical inactivity as the fourth leading risk factor for overall global mortality. There is still a high level of physical inactivity worldwide, with the female teenage age group a particular concern. This innovative project will target this specific age group, increasing physical activity levels through a fun activity while also providing the participating girls with new skills, for their future involvement in sport,” said Caroline Murray, Projects and Initiatives Co-ordinator of the Camogie Association.
The projects in receipt of funding were selected following a competitive judging process. Shortlisted applicants met with a judging panel consisting of representatives from both of the Fund’s partner organisations – the Federation of Irish Sport and the Northern Ireland Sports Forum – as well as Niamh Gavin, Business Services Manager at The Wheel; Susan Grady, board member at Ireland Active; Lorraine Ho, founder of Bootcamp Ireland; Niall Moyna, Professor in the School of Health and Human Performance and a member of the Centre for Preventive Medicine in DCU; Denis Toomey, President of Cycling Ireland, and Ciara Cashen, Public Affairs & Communications Manager,Coca-Cola Hellenic Ireland.
In addition to pitching the judges on their idea, the groups also fielded questions on their approach during Q&A sessions.
The other winners of the Fund in 2015 are:
Canoeing Ireland for Blueway 10K – an ambitious project specifically aimed at promoting an alternative fitness routine to the indoor gym workout, while highlighting the incredible blueway (water activity trail) infrastructure that is being developed in Ireland.
Donegal Youth Service for Shake Up Sports – engaging young people from youth clubs in taster sessions, where they can try out alternatives to the mainstream competitive sports.
Tennis Ireland for its initiative enabling access to tennis for people with intellectual disabilities.
Tipperary Regional Youth Service for Activ8 – a physical health challenge aimed at young adults in Tipperary.
Since 2011, the Coca Cola Thank You Fund has awarded €625,000 to 47 projects that have succeeded in getting more than 30,000 people moving.
More information about the winners of the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund is available at www.coca-cola.ie/thankyou.
*For further information on Camogie4Teens contact Caroline Murray, Project and Initiatives Co-ordinator, the Camogie Association, Tel: 087 1251269 Email: cmurray@camogie
*Caroline Murray, Projects and Initiatives Co-ordinator, (far-right) pictured with other recipients at the recent launch of the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund announcement.