Croke Park will join the European Healthy Stadia Network on August 11th.
The All Ireland semi final featuring Dublin and either Galway, Monaghan or Kerry will likely see over 75,000 fans, making it the biggest sporting crowd in the world on that day.
It will also mark the GAA’s #DrinkLessGainMore initiative looking to effect behavioral change on an important health issue in partnership with the HSE.
“It’s an absolute honour to welcome such an iconic and progressive stadium such as Croke Park into the European Healthy Stadia Network,” said Executive Director of the Network Mark Philpot who will present the GAA with an award plaque at the game.
”Croke Park has some excellent policies and practices promoting health, such as the availability of healthier catering options, employee physical activity recreational opportunities and the latest campaign on responsible alcohol consumption, following the success of the smoke free pilot and emotional wellbeing campaign in previous years.”
The Network works with clubs, governing bodies and stadium operators to promote stadia as community health and wellbeing hubs, providing research, toolkit’s and advice on implementing better policies.
It was established in 2009 under funding from the European Commission and is based in Liverpool. Who knows, coming to Dublin next week may even prompt a move over here in a post Brexit world.
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