People of Ballinamore and members of the Sean O’Heslin’s club, this is a call to action. Your club and your community need your help. Your health and wellbeing, of that of a loved one, could depend on it.
This Sporting Life - Colin Regan
Last March 14, the GAA launched a new scheme – the GAA Healthy Club Project – to explore how our clubs can help respond to the health needs of their members and their communities as a whole. An expression of interest was issued to clubs across the 32 counties to get involved in Phase 1 of the project which will run for two years. 60 applied, 18 were selected. The Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s club was one of four clubs in Connacht selected, there was another very strong application from the Drumreilly club but the selection criteria stated only one club per county could be selected.
Sean O’Heslin’s was selected due to the incredible work already being done by the club around health promotion. This is being driven by Michelle Fanning, a professional health expert from the town who plays ladies football for Ballinamore and sits on the club executive. What they do goes above and beyond the promotion of Gaelic Games and attempts to place the club at the heart of the community’s heart, so to speak.
But Michelle needs your help. In order to fulfil their participation requirements in the GAA Healthy Club Project Michelle must put together a Healthy Club Project team in the club. This group will help plan and coordinate how the club responds to the health needs of its members and the people of Ballinamore and surrounding areas.
Two representatives from the Project Team must also attend a two-hour meeting in the new Centre of Excellence in Ballyhaunis every eight weeks with representatives from the other Connacht clubs to exchange ideas about what is working or not, and to get support and assistance. There are also occasional (optional) workshops in Croke Park – one of which is taking place this Saturday.
As Michelle rolls out all the programmes involved in the evenings and on Saturday mornings, she is struggling to keep up with the administrative side of the project and needs assistance to make sure the club achieves its full potential as a participant in this exciting project – the first of its kind in Ireland.
She needs help and this is your opportunity to do something for the good of your community and club.
Are you living in the area and have an interest/experience in health promotion, exercise, nutrition, or are you just passionate about making a difference? There is no experience necessary! If so why not make yourself known to Michelle and be part of something that is attempting to take responsibility for the health and wellbeing of your friends, family and neighbours and the future generations who will pass through the famous Sean O’Heslin’s club.
The club intends launching the project at a special event on the evening of the Bank Holiday Monday, October 28 (more details will follow). Michelle can be contacted on 087-9390980 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.