ST PATRICKS GAA ACADEMY

Children up to the age of 6 go to the Academy

which takes place at

 

10am Saturday

on the Astro Pitch in Glenaulin Park, Oakcourt Ave. 

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and

Monday at 6pm

in the Palmerstown Sports Complex, Oakcourt Ave.

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We cater for girls and boys (football and hurling/camogie)

For further details contact

James Brennan 0876821582  

e-mail seamus.obraonain@gmail.com

St Patricks GAA club was established in 1961, we are a small club with about 200 families involved. Our catchment area is Palmerstown & Chapelizod, this includes the 4 primary schools St Lorcan's & St Brigid's (Palmerstown), St Patrick's & St Laurence's (Chapelizod) and the secondary school Pobalscoil Isolde.

 

We aim to introduce the children to the fundamentals of Gaelic football and hurling/camogie, we also expect the kids to make new friends and have fun. As the academy is run on a voluntary basis we appeal to parents/guardians to help with the various drills and games. You don’t need any specific skills and you certainly don’t have to be male. The nursery is viewed as an introductory point for children and parents some will stay for life, others will try different sports and return later.

The GAA uses the calendar year for grading players, so if your child was born in 2010 they will be classed as u6 in 2016, u7 in 2017 etc . So a player born January 2008 and another in December 2008 both will be classed as u8 in 2016. This can lead to a situation of players in the same class in school playing on different teams. This situation is unavoidable and can lead to very close friends playing on different teams.

Each group is managed by a team of 2 to 4 voluntary mentors from among the parents. These are supported by a wider circle of parents who assist by washing jerseys, organizing social events for the children and setting up pitches.

It is not necessary to have played gaelic football, hurling or camogie to become involved. Many of our mentors come from other sports and additional help is always welcome. Training on coaching skills, child protection and first aid are organized regularly by the club and at county level.

All teams play football , hurling /camogie once a week.

In the winter we try to train indoors as much as possible, the younger children will get priority to the available indoor facilities. 

 

All matches for children up to U13 are at the week-end with breaks at Easter and the Summer.  Although many children play both football and hurling/camogie they generally have only one match at the week-end as the matches are scheduled to alternate between football and hurling/camogie.

 

St Patrick's GAA abides by the GAA Child Protection Guidelines . All mentors are Garda vetted.  An adult responsible for each child is expected to stay during the training and matches for all age groups up to at least U12 and children need to be accompanied to and from training. 

We are also GDPR compliant and we will only keep your information as long as you are involved in the club.

We need you to sign up online before you join in the Academy activities.

To facilitate families new to the club we have a Free Trial membership, to sign up click here for trial membership. 

After a few sessions if your child wants to continue, you will have to join the club.

It costs €50/annum for the academy, €80/annum for older children.

We are trying to build a strong community around the club and we'd like you to consider taking a family membership €180/annum and help us achieve our aims. There is also a charge of €3 /week.

 

Spare equipment for newcomers is brought to all training sessions.  Just bring shin guards (for hurling/camogie) , mouthguards are mandatory ,and a bottle of water.

The club also participates in Scor annually , this is a talent competition (singing , dancing , novelty act..) . We have a few Dublin , Leinster & All Ireland Champions in the club.

For further details contact

James Brennan 0876821582  

e-mail seamus.obraonain@gmail.com