U16 Easter Football & Hurling Camp

  • May 08,2017

The 4th Annual  Mayo U16 football and hurling GAA Camp in partnership with the Mayo Mental Health Association and Mayo GAA took place over Easter. It's over four years ago since PJ Murphy Chairperson of Mayo Mental Health Association and Niall Dunne Manager of Mayo Mental Health Association along with Padraic Carolan Senior Administrator for the HSE and who is also Head of the Coaching Officers for Mayo GAA had a discussion about the idea of organizing an Mayo GAA Health and Wellbeing for the Football and Hurling Easter Camp for U16 players in County Mayo and building in Health and Wellbeing Awareness workshops throughout the three days.

PJ Murphy Chairperson of Mayo Mental Health Association and Niall Dunne Manager of Mayo Mental Health Association along with all its members have been hugely supportive and without them the camp would not be possible.
In this year’s Camp topics included the overall Welfare of players. Players got to hear talks on the following:

  • Mental Health presented by (Niall Dunne)
  • Nutrition,
  • Dyslexia by Carmel Ann Joyce)
  • Phycology in sport ( Sean Foy)
  • Media training (John Casey)
  • Mindspace (Service for 15 – 25yrs old experiencing mild emerging Mental Health difficulties)
  • David Clarke current Mayo Footballer who gave a fantastic talk to all present on what it takes to become a Mayo Footballer”

In total 90 players and 13 coaches are brought together for the 3 days. The three days proved hugely successful and we are received National Coverage for the idea and the work that is taking place within Mayo around education on Mental Health, Health and Wellbeing and Player Wellfare.