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
Check out http://www.gaa.ie/my-gaa/community-and-health/ for more information on the GAA’s smoke free initiative and the Healthy Club Project.
Anyone who is interested in getting some support around quitting can visit http://www.want2stop.info/.
Ready to Run?
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.
So what are you waiting for……..register now.
There will be first aid training OPEN TO EVERYONE in the hall on 13th Oct for 9am – 3pm.
This is a full day of excellent training, and it is mandatory for all our coaches under our insurance obligations.
Visit the facebook event page to book your place.
The results from both today’s 10K and 5K races are here. Thanks to everyone for attending and we hope you all had a great day.
10K results can be seen here:
5K results can be seen here:
Male Open: Eoin Hughes – Acorns Ac
Female Open: Siobhan Brown – Tafelta AC
Male 50+: Eugene McAuley – Acorns AC
Female 50+: Bridie Young Acorns Ac
5K Male: Jariath Hughes
5K Female: Paula McErlaine
Congratulations and thanks again to all our runners.
Thnaks also to all out helpers on the day as well as all the local companies for their continued support of this event.
Thanks to the Mid Ulster Council for their funding support.
We would like to thank everyone for the great response to the Community Services Survey so far.
One of the stand out potential services the community selected were health checks. Taking this on board we have organised for the Farm Families Health Checks team to visit on the 1st of March.
The service is run by the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in conjunction with the Public Health Agency.
There are slots available for consultation on physical screening, including blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol; and lifestyle checks including diet and exercise advice.
The service is not exclusively for farmers but is targeted towards this group. Check out the leaflet below.
Farm Families Leaflet.pdf
To register you interest or if you have any queries call Paddy Kidd on 07792127940 or email the club email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The futures bright…..
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.
Unfortunately the first aid course scheduled for tomorrow morning has had to be cancelled.
A first-aid course will take place in the Gaelic Centre on Saturday 27th May commencing @ 9:00am. All team coaches are requested to attend.