St Martin’s GAC, Desertmartin inspired to go smoke-free.
With the backing of the Club Executive the Healthy Club team in St Martin’s GAC we have secured smoke free signage through a partnership between the GAA and the Public Health Agency.
The club launched the initiative on the 26th April by adopting the GAA’s Tobacco free policy and unveiling the smoke free signs which are erected across the club grounds.
People in attendance were delighted to see the club set a positive example in the community and increase the awareness about the dangers of smoking for the younger members.
Paddy Kidd the main coordinator from The Healthy Club team said “I attend many matches where people think it is ok to just light up and send smoke blowing into you face. I think we as a club need to do something to prevent this from happening as not only are adults affected as there are also children and young people in the stands. We are hoping that this will discourage people from smoking especially our younger members.”
“We feel this is a great initiative as it helps to protect our members and visitors from the dangers of passive smoking. It also sends a clear message to everyone especially our younger members that the club wish to promote healthy initiatives and therefore discourage anything that contradicts that ethos”
Through the GAA’s Healthy Club project approximately 50% of participating clubs have gone completely smoke free. Check out
With a challenging 10k route, and and an easier 5k walk or run, everyone can take part in the Slieve Gallion Challenge. The route is fully on road and though it is challenging it is not advanced. At the Club we are committed to health promotion, and this event, now in it’s 4th year continues to generate momentum.
In beutiful surroundings on the slopes of Slieve Gallion Mountain at the edge of the Sperrins, you can take in the views as you push for your best 10k yet. Chip timing included so you can get your officially recorded times, and we are registered with Athletics NI. You must be over 15 to enter the 10k.
10k run entry £15
5k run entry £10
5k Walk £5
Refreshments will be served afterwards and there are shower and changing facilities available also.
Thanks to everyone who attended the child protection update. Just one of the many things that goes on behind the scenes. Thanks to Ashleen McCaul from Derry GAA for presenting the course.
The club is commited to setting the best standards from all our selfless volunteers, through support with training and education, and having processes in place as required by law, and in line with guidance from Ulster GAA.
This ensures the best and safest possible environment for our young people to flourish and develop to be the best they can be.
If you are a volunteer or coach and your training needs updated let the coaching officer know and we can arrange further learning opportunities.
We would like to extend our thanks to Joanne Murphy for running a really professional and relevant first aid and AED course. We learned so much, and it has highlighted the importance of having trained first aiders in the club and community.