The Gaelic Players Association is delighted to announce the launch of its first Community Camp which is being held in Dublin City University this week.
The one week Community Camp, which is being run on a pilot basis initially in Dublin, is aimed at children who otherwise would not get a chance to attend an event of this nature and forms part of the GPA’s Social Responsibility Programme.
With a team of county players operating as coaches, the Camp will use sport as a vehicle to encourage positive physical and mental health. It will provide the children with a unique and enjoyable cost-free experience.
Among the guest speakers participating are former World and European boxing champion Bernard Dunne along with All-Ireland medal winners Ger Brennan and Jason Sherlock.
Speaking about the launch, GPA Chief Executive Dessie Farrell commented: “The active promotion of sport in society is a strategic objective of the GPA and the Community Camp is a vehicle for us to do that in a practical way. It is particularly relevant that we support children who are often excluded from participation in sport and activity of this type. It is our ambition to run a Community Camp in other appropriate locations next year as part of a wider campaign to promote the importance of sport in society and specifically in our education system.
“I would like to thank sincerely the companies and people who generously supported the project this week; O’Neills, Bus Eireann, Ballygowan, Sportsfile, Ballywire, Opel Kit for Clubs, our guest speakers, coaches and our hosts Dublin City University.”
Under its Social Responsibility Programme the GPA is committed to supporting a number of charities and initiatives on an annual basis by harnessing the profile of county players as role models within their communities and promoting the positive benefits of active participation in sport.
The Community Camp is a hands-on operation on the part of the GPA whereby the Association is intervening directly in the community to help encourage children to participate in sporting activity.
The GPA is hoping to develop sustainable links between sports clubs in the localities of the school and the participating children. Follow-up visits by players will also take place.