Culture night takes place across the country this evening and those in Dublin’s City centre will be treated to a piece of crossover activity from the GAA taking place on the grounds of Trinity College.
The sports grounds at the college, visible from Nassau Street, will be host to a launch event for the GAA’s new Fun & Run programme.
The game encompasses a range of fundamental skills that exist in Gaelic football, Hurling, Rounders and Handball – but the Rules have been modified to adapt these skills to suit the individual involved, with a major emphasis on accessibility.
One by one, players on the striking team – using hurley, foot or hand – bat the ball off an adjustable tee holder into a designated fielding area. Each player on the striking team attempts to complete one full rotation of all 12 bases (1 Fun Run).
Meanwhile all players on the fielding team must play the ball before returning the ball into a bin and preventing the Fun Run. The team with the most ‘Fun Runs’ wins.
The feedback from teachers in mainstream, special needs schools and clubs who have been testing the new game over the last 12 months has been very strong and they are delighted with a game that caters for all.
It will be launched tonight by GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail alongside Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD and GAA Director of Games Development and Research Pat Daly.
“Being at the heart of our communities is a corner stone of what the GAA is about,” said O Fearghaill. “There is no better way to do that than to be as inclusive and as welcoming as you can be.”
“This GAA Fun & Run initiative is about making our great games accessible and enjoyable to more people than ever before and that is something hugely positive.”
GAA Fun & Run is a team-based game that can be played by people of all ages, genders and abilities and regardless of whether a person has a physical or intellectual disability.
The GAA and Trinity College Dublin are among the more than 220 organisations that play an active part of the Sport for Business community.
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