Lidl and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association have named the 26 clubs that will take part this year Lidl Ireland’s One Good Club™ mental health awareness programme.

One Good Club™ is a five-step youth mental health awareness programme for local clubs, developed in partnership with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) and Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health.

Nominations opened last month and following the careful evaluation of each nomination, the full list of successful clubs has now been confirmed.

It includes Kerins O’Rahilly’s in Kerry, Portlaoise in Laois, O’Donovan Rossa in Cork, Dromahair in Leitrim and St Marks in Dublin, with one club selected for each county in the Republic. In addition, six clubs from Northern Ireland will participate in the TALK initiative run by the Northern Ireland Youth Foundation.

The programme aims to increase awareness and knowledge of mental health across the LGFA community. The initiative offers clubs the opportunity to support all members and engage in activities that can promote their health and wellbeing.

Each participating club will be given training and advice on how to run a successful programme. They will also receive new jerseys and be in with a chance to win one of three cash prizes up for grabs, to reward the following; Most Innovative Initiative (€2,500), Strongest Community Involvement (€2,500) and Best Overall Programme (prize €5,000).

First piloted in 2019, the One Good Club™ programme forms part of Lidl’s continued investment in their relationship with the LGFA, which was extended earlier this year for another four years.

“We know that there has been a huge impact on mental health due to the pandemic so programmes such as this are key in helping increase awareness in communities,” said Lidl CSR and Communications Director, Aoife Clarke.

“We had such amazing feedback from the clubs who took part last year so we are delighted to see the One Good Club programme back again this year in association with Jigsaw.”

“We are in the seventh year of our partnership with Lidl Ireland, our National League sponsors and official retail partner, and the Lidl Ireland One Good Club™ programme is a hugely-important initiative as we slowly emerge from a challenging couple of years,” added Micheál Naughton, President of the LGFA.

“The mental health of our members is of huge importance to all of us in the LGFA and we are very pleased once again to work alongside Lidl Ireland and Jigsaw to bring clubs a programme that can ensure life-long benefits.”

“We have already detected a huge sense of excitement within the participating clubs and we look forward to what the coming weeks have in store.”

“At Jigsaw, our core focus is on achieving better mental health outcomes for young people and The One Good Club™ programme is central to this ambition,” concluded Mike Mansfield, Jigsaw Director of Communications and Fundraising.

“One Good Club™ allows us to support, educate and empower young people and those around them, on sports grounds, workplaces, kitchen tables, high streets, online and more. Grassroots programmes at this scale are hugely important and hugely impactful and we are delighted to work in partnership with Lidl and the LGFA once more.”

 

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People play sport in a team environment as often for the friendship and the social connection as for the sport itself. Ensuring there is more to a club beyond the training sessions and the matchdays is a hugely important part of what they are. Providing tools such as those offered by Jigsaw puts structure and best practice behind the enthusiasm of volunteers.

 

 

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