GAA Games For ALL

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GAA Games for All

GAA Games for All is a family of initiatives in the GAA encompassing Wheelchair hurling and Camogie, Football for all, Fun and Run, Inclusive All Stars clubs programs, Cúl Eile Camps and intercultural activities.

Wheelchair Hurling and Camogie is an inclusive activity involving a team 6 a side which is suitable for all ages, genders, and abilities. The game encompasses a range of fundamental skills that exist in Gaelic Hurling and Camogie. The rules have been modified to adapt these skills to suit the individuals involved and their capabilities. It aims to enable individuals to grow and maintain optimum participation across the full diversity of Irish community life.

The concept of wheelchair hurling was devised by Kerry’s Tim Maher, who coined the idea 20 years ago while teaching in a school for children with disabilities in Baldoyle, Dublin. Upon seeing the children playing a game involving striking a football with tennis rackets, he came up with an idea to replace the rackets with hurleys, and a revolutionary new game was born.

Since then, its popularity has soared, and he is delighted with how it is progressing. “Numbers in each province have grown year on year," said Maher. "We have inter-provincial leagues during the year, and we try to host them in a variety of counties to spread the game and help it grow, and then the M. Donnolly All-Ireland Final is the pinnacle. It’s the most eagerly anticipated date of the year for Wheelchair Hurlers from across the four provinces, the competition comprises of a blitz between teams from the four provinces, vying for the coveted title”.

Rules of Wheelchiar Hurling 

GAA Football for ALL Interprovincial Finals are held in September, delivered in partnership with Irish Special Schools Sports Council. The ISSSC is a voluntary organisation that provides sporting and cultural activities in special schools, as designated by the Department of Education and Science. Children with mild-general learning disabilities compete in this 9-a-side Gaelic Football tournament. The players represent the regions of Connacht, Dublin, Munster, North Leinster, South Leinster and Ulster and are drawn from 15 different special schools. Each squad comprises 12 boys and 12 girls who have been selected from regional trials to play on the hallowed turf of Croke Park. The GAA’s support for the M. Donnelly GAA Football for ALL Interprovincial Finals reflects the Association’s on-going commitment to engaging with special schools.

Football For ALL

“Inclusion is about making a difference. Inclusivity is a movement, a move to include. Being truly inclusive is living our GAA motto, ‘Where we all Belong’. “This work takes many forms. It ranges from ensuring that our policies and practices support the cultural integration and social inclusion of people from across Ireland’s diverse ethnic population, to making sure that all Gaelic games are adapted for people with different abilities.” 

 All Stars clubs