We are holding a Child Protection course this Monday 12 Feb 2018 in the Athgarvan Inn at 7 o’clock. This course is for all volunteers in our club, and would-be volunteers too ! As a club, we strive to reach the highest standards in all of our activities, and this training is part of our goal this year to improve in every area of our coaching. There will be tea & sandwiches available as well, as we appreciate it is an early kick-off time. Looking forward to seeing a great turnout there.
On 11 December 2017 the remaining provisions of the Children First Act commenced in full. Most notably for the GAA our immediate requirements include adopting all provisions in relation to mandatory reporting of child abuse, ensuring the appointment of what can be termed key child safeguarding officers which include Designated Liaison Persons and Children’s Officers at Club and County level and also appointing the Association’s Mandated Person, we must also provide certain child safeguarding training programmes and commence the process to agree a Child Safeguarding Statement for all Clubs.
In accordance with vetting legislation, also referred to in the Children First Guidance, all persons who have a regulated role with children, (i.e. coaches, referees, Bord na nÓg members, parents who regularly assist in the GAA) must be vetted under the Vetting Act by 1 January 2018. Indeed, according to GAA rules and Children First they should have been vetted by now. There are no exceptions to this directive. If a person, who has not been vetted, continues to act in any of the above roles after 1st January 2018 they will be breaking the law as may their Club for offering or facilitating such a role. Vetting regulations stipulate that a vetting applicant must be at least 16 yrs. of age when submitting their application.
Welcome to the second Athgarvan GAA fun run. Taking place around the Curragh plains, this event kicks off from Athgarvan GAA, Sunday February 11th at 11am. Register online at www.popupraces.ie or from 9:30am on the morning of the race.
T-shirts available when you register on line at www.popupraces.ie
There will be a medal for all finishers along with post race refreshments in the club, and the event is open to runners & walkers of all abilities.
What a win !! Our u-17′s battled back to win their league final against Milltown in Hawkfield today on a scoreline of 3-6 to 1-9. We did it the hard way ! Leading 1-5 to 0-5 at half-time, Milltown came more into the game in the second half and held a 2 point lead inside the last 5 mins. A well taken goal then put us ahead by a point. An equaliser from Milltown and the game looked to be heading for extra time, but there was still time for an opportunistic Athgarvan goal right at the death and victory was ours ! A massive congratulations to the team and management, on their victory, and hard work. Today again showed the value of battling all the way to the end, a quality these lads have in spades. Commiserations to Milltown who played their part in a great game.
All Club Members,
We are honored that Kerry Football Legend and RTE Sunday Game pundit Colm ‘The Gooch’ Cooper is coming to visit Athgarvan GAA club this Sunday morning (9th July) . A special word of thanks to Michelle MacDonald for managing to get one of the best footballers in the country to spend time with us. Colm has won multiple Munster and All-Ireland titles,an all Ireland club medal with Dr. Crokes as a Centre Forward as well as been Named an All Star eight times.
Colm is due at the club just before 10 am on Sunday and will spend an hour or so with us. In order to make the visit fun and memorable for the children and parents we ask that coaches for all the age groups are available with their players at the pitch from 9:30 am on Sunday. We can get together on the pitch as we normally would on Saturdays and train/play games until Colm arrives.
Colm will then meet each age group with their coaches and spend equal time with each group before bringing the group together for a talk and send off. This should enable all the players to have the opportunity to meet and talk with our visitor.
Tesco Community Fund
Athgarvan GAA will be benefiting from the TESCO Community Fund for the next 8 weeks starting this Sunday 11th June.
Please support and whenever in Tesco remember to put your blue tokens in the Athgarvan GAA tube!! The more blue tokens we have the more we benefit from the Tesco Community Fund.
Support your club, support your county ! Details of the club draw run in conjunction with Kildare GAA.
As ever, 4 monthly draws, 4 different chances to win the top prize of a Renault Clio or €12,000 CASH,plus several other cash prizes. Cost of entry is a one-off €100 or in 4 installments of €25. First draw date is 28th May.
A great opportunity to support Athgarvan GAA and Kildare GAA all in one. Options available to buy ticket outright or perhaps go half and half with someone else. Tickets available on Saturday mornings, or contact the coaches or any of the committee for tickets.
Well done to all the under 7 hurling team on winning their home game against Sarsfields on Sunday. They really played their hearts out and never gave up. There were some lovely plays during the match and their skill levels are improving. The most important thing is that all the kids had fun. Next game for the U-7 hurlers is away to Round Towers on Sunday 28 May at 10am.
Next up this week are the U-14 team who play a home League game V. Castledermot this Tues 16th May at 7pm.
Congratulations to our U-16 lads who won their league semi-final against Abbey Rangers at home last Monday. It was a very good performance on a lovely night for football. They are now through to the final, which is set for Friday 19th of May in Hawkfield. Thanks also to all who turned out to support last night. The U-16′s play their Divisional Final on Friday 19th of May in Hawkfield. Good Luck to all and please come out and support the teams.
WE DID IT !! What an evening and what a game of football as our lads defeated St. Edwards on a scoreline of 2-11 to 1-13. It was a relentless game from the off as both teams gave everything. It would have been easy to panic as St. Edwards reeled in our 5 point lead to hit the front with just minutes remaining, but our boys don’t do panic as they worked their way up the field to engineer a goal with our last attack of the game. There was still time for another point from Edwards to close the gap to 1 and after an another attack was brilliantly defended by our lads, the cup was ours. This made Roy of the Rovers look run of the mill !! Massive congrats to all our players for such a composed, skillful, brave display. Huge thanks to the management for all their hard work and to all parents and supporters for cheering us on throughout. Commiserations to St. Edwards who played their part in a brilliant game.
Please click on the link for the 2017 Spring Newsletter
Athgarvan GAA Spring 2017 Newsletter