1,000 children will get the chance today to play in Croke Park, just as they have and will over eight days of the Easter Holidays.
National Go Games Week will also see 60,000 children getting an opportunity to play in blitzes in each of the 32 counties.
“57,000 children participated in National Go Games Week last year and we are hoping for even bigger numbers this year,” said Pat Culhane, National Go Games Co-ordinator.
Go Games bring together the GAA, the LGFA and the Camogie Association to provide a similar set up of games for children across all four of the main Gaelic Games codes from when they start to play up until age 11.
“The GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association are making a massive effort to re-energise the whole Go Games initiative this year,” added Culhane.
“The “Go” means that every boy and girl should get an opportunity to play in every game, for the whole game. The emphasis is on participation, taking precedence over performance and winning.”
“One in three children aged 6 to 11 play Go Games every year in Ireland. It is a gigantic social movement, which aims to maximise participation, fun, friendship, fair play and sense of achievement for all. This cannot be achieved by children sitting on sidelines.”
“The aim of Go Games is that every girl and boy between the ages of 6 and 11 will have a positive introduction to Gaelic games,” said GAA President John Horan who will understand the benefits from an education perspective having been headmaster of his local school in Dublin.
“It is vital that three Associations are working closely together to make this a reality and, thankfully, this is the case. The magnitude of the National Go Games Week is a testament to this.”
“We were delighted to welcome 62 clubs, representing 31 counties, to Croke Park on Monday, April 15,” added Marie Hickey, President of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association.
“Each year, the LGFA is assigned one day at Croke Park and in 2019, we ran an Under-10 Go Games Blitz. Go Games blitzes were held across the country in March, with all participating teams entered into a draw to make it to Croke Park.”
“The players and mentors from each of the lucky clubs have the experience of a lifetime when they line out at Croke Park.”
“These eight days of Go Games are a fantastic occasion for boys and girls from across the country to experience playing on the hallowed turf of Croke Park and also to take part in blitzes throughout the country,” said Kathleen Woods, President of the Camogie Association.
“These are the future stars of our games and this experience can inspire lifelong journeys in our games.”
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