The Camogie Association has launched a new initiative which involves affording the third round of the Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Championship the dedicated name of “PRIDE Round”.

It is being described as an opportunity to make all members of the Camogie Family and the wider community feel welcome, safe, included, and celebrated.

The idea emerged from a series of LGBTQ+ Awareness workshops with ShoutOut for Children’s Officers, players and young adults as well as coaches, parents, and teachers in 2021. 473 volunteers engaged in the training and this new initiative will provide greater visibility to that welcome for all within the sport.

It will take place during prise month across the country and is a very positive step.

“Camogie is a community-based association, where everyone should feel welcome,” said President of the Camogie Association Hilda Breslin.

“One of our core values is inclusiveness and it is vital that we show solidarity and respect with all our members. It is important that we follow up those words with actions and we are calling on all units and members to engage positively in promoting the message of inclusivity and diversity through our game.”

“As an inclusive employer with Care About People at the heart of our company values, Glen Dimplex are proud to align with the Camogie Association’s inaugural PRIDE Round and the commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion,” added Rowena Rodrigues, Group Head of External Relations and Engagement at championship sponsors, Glen Dimplex.

All counties will have the opportunity to engage in PRIDE Round, which will involve them taking part in some suggested activities to create visibility within their own county.

“We are really excited for PRIDE Round,” said Louise Keane, the Camogie Associations Player Welfare and Inclusion Coordinator.

“It’s an opportunity for us to create visibility and allow people to see themselves in others and see a community where they are not just accepted but they are celebrated and embraced.”

 

 

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