The new GAA 5 star initiative was recently introduced to all Wexford GAA coaches by Willie Cleary (GDA) and our games development team. The program centres around five key initiatives and aims to support and recognise Primary Schools that provide pupils with 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous Gaelic Games activity per week in a manner that ensures the children will experience fun, friendship, fairness and ultimately improve their fitness. Speaking at the workshop Willie Cleary said “Children and teachers will love the games as they make the setup of GAA activity very easy and ensure that every child can take part. A number of schools have already signed up and we will be taking the pack around to schools to give them a sample of what it’s all about”
All schools can now sign up at : learning.gaa.ie/5star
What benefits does a GAA 5 Star Centre receive?
Becoming a GAA 5 Star Centre is optional. However, Primary Schools that do register as a GAA 5 Star Centre on an annual basis will benefit as follows
The School will be listed as an accredited GAA 5 Star Centre on the GAA website and will receive a GAA 5 Star Flag for display in the School;
The planning and preparation for the delivery of the GAA 5 Star Centre will contribute to the usage of Croke Park Hours as per DES Circular 0042/2016;
The School will receive discounted access to the Teacher Summer Courses, GAA Coach Education Courses and the GAA Games Development Coaching Conference;
The School will be entered into an annual draw to win one of a number of prizes with an overall value of €20,000 including:
- Equipment vouchers;
- class trips to Croke Park for a Museum & Stadium Tour;
- GAA Fun & Run equipment packs;
- sets of leisure gear for the Teachers in the School;
- a school-visit from a GAA 5 Star Centre Ambassador (current Inter-County player);
- Sports Days in the National Games Development Centre in Abbotstown.
After three year’s consecutive participation as a GAA 5 Star Centre, the School will be listed as a recipient of the GAA WeLL-Mark (WeLL: Well-being & Lifelong Learning). The WeLL-Mark serves to recognise those Schools that are actively promoting Wellbeing & Lifelong Learning through Gaelic Games on a self-sufficient and sustainable basis. Recipient Schools will be invited to a Gala Awards Ceremony.
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