Members Information

Welcome

Garrycastle Ladies GAA is a club dedicated to Ladies Gaelic Football and is located on the outskirts of Athlone, County Westmeath.


The club caters for girls from the local area who wish to play Ladies Gaelic Football at U10, U12, U14, U16, U18 (minor) and Senior level in the County of Westmeath.


Ladies Gaelic football is a variant of Gaelic Football with a lesser degree of physical contact than the male version. There are also some minor changes in playing rules but there are many similarities. Ladies Gaelic is run by the LGFA.


From its foundation in 1995 Garrycastle Ladies Gaa Club has put an emphasis on skill coaching young players and provides a high standard of organisation and coaching competence in a safe environment where all coaches are trained and have undergone Garda Vetting. The Club has been very successful at coaching young players at the club to achieve their potential and progressing to play at the highest available level. 


The Club also gives an equal importance to building a sense of community and works hard to ensure that there is a strong social focus to its activities.


The club would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to its website and encourage you to contact any of the Club Executive if you require further information or are interested in joining or have children who would like to start playing Gaelic Football.


Registration

Garrycastle Ladies club welcomes new members at all levels.

All new members either underage or Adult first needs to fill out the Registration Form return the completed form to any member of the Garrycasle Ladies Executive and pay Membership to Garrycastle Ladies GAA club.
The Club registration form for Adult players (over 18) is available at this download link with a detailed breakdown of membership costs.
The Club registration form Under 18 players is available at this download link with a detailed breakdown of membership costs.
Please fill in all sections including Photo Authorisation, Texting Authorisation and  volunteer information.

Role of Parents

Garrycastle Ladies Football Club believes that parents play a key role in relation to volunteer support for the club and teams. Parents are a useful resource available to the club and they should be appreciated and respected. As adults involved with young players, parents also have a role and responsibility to play. Parents should :
  • Be a role model for your child and maintain the highest standards of conduct when interacting with children, other parents, officials and organizers.
  • Always behave responsibly and do not seek to unfairly affect the game or a player.
  • Never intentionally expose any young players to embarrassment or disparagement by the use of flippant or sarcastic remarks.
  • Always recognise the value and importance of the volunteers who provide sporting/recreational opportunities for your child. Do not publicly question the judgment or honesty of referees, coaches or organisers. Respect referees, coaches, organisers and other players.
  • Encourage your child to play by the rules. Teach your child that honest endeavour is as important as winning and do all you can to encourage good sportsmanship.
  • Set a good example by applauding good play on both sides. Encourage mutual respect for teammates and opponents.
  • Support all efforts to remove abusive behaviour and bullying behaviour in all its forms.
  • Read the Anti-Bullying policy within the club.
  • Sign up to the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Young Players in Ladies Gaelic Football.
  • Ensure that the club has adopted and implemented the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Young Players.
  • Know the start and finish times of training – ensure that you arrive at the end of training.
  • Volunteer to assist with training – helping with equipment, in dressing rooms, at games, when travelling to games.

Role of Junior Members

Garrycastle Ladies Football Club wishes to provide the best possible environment for all young players involved in Ladies Gaelic Football. Young players deserve to be given enjoyable, safe sporting opportunities, free of abuse of any kind. These players have rights, which must be respected, and responsibilities that they must accept.
Young players are entitled to:
  • Be safe and to feel safe. 
  • Be listened to and be believed. 
  • Be treated with respect, dignity and sensitivity. 
  • Have a voice in the club/organisation. 
  • Participate on an equal basis. 
  • Have fun and enjoy playing Ladies Gaelic Football. 
  • Experience competition at a level at which they feel comfortable. 
  • Make complaints and have them dealt with. 
  • Get help against bullies. 
  • Say No. 
  • Protect their own bodies. 
  • Confidentiality.
Young players should always:
  • Treat all mentors (coaches, managers, selectors, club officials etc.,) with respect. 
  • Play fairly. 
  • Abide by the rules of the Association both on and off the playing field. 
  • Respect team members – even when things go wrong.
  • Respect opponents – be gracious in defeat. 
  • Behave according to the club’s Code of Conduct when traveling to away events. 
  • Behave in a manner that avoids bringing the sport of Ladies Gaelic Football or the good name of the club into disrepute. 
  • Talk to the Children’s Officer if they have any problems.
Young players should never:
  • Cheat 
  • Use violence or physical contact that is not allowed within the rules. 
  • Shout or argue with officials, teammates or opponents. 
  • Harm team members, opponents or their property. 
  • Bully or use bullying tactics to isolate another player. 
  • Use unfair or bullying tactics to gain advantage. 
  • Take banned substances. 
  • Keep secrets, especially if they have been caused harm. 
  • Tell lies about adults/other players. 
  • Spread rumours.