Team Ethos

To have lots of fun and ensure every child is happy, safe and smiling. Our team values are teamwork, friendship, competitiveness, respect, and fun.  Our success is based on improved performance and skills week on week and ensuring the girls and boys continue to play year on year.

There are many benefits with your child joining the team, including:

  • Making new friends, having funlearning and sharing new skills
  • Spending time with your children in a team environment
  • Access to free training and resources
  • Making a valuable contribution to the community
  • Setting a good example for kids in the area
  • Becoming part of the community and/or being part of a club
  • Replace screen time with active games
  • You child will learn about the importance of values such as Honesty, Teamwork, Fair Play, Discipline, Respect for themselves & others

What to expect when my kid(s) start?

Over the years O’Dwyers have developed a successful 3 step onboarding process to welcome a new player to the team and club

1. Help and coaching with the games

    • For the first few training sessions, you will be assigned a buddy and provided with additional coaching to help you get up to speed
    • The coach will advise you of training times and match schedule
    • The emphasis at a juvenile level is always on fun, participation, and enjoyment

2. Advice on membership, gear, team communication, and events

    • The coaches will advise you the array of membership and payment options
    • Policies & Procedures: code of conduct drawn up for Coaches Mentors & Trainers
    • You’ll be added to the Team communication group

 3. Follow-Up and Feedback

    • The team coaches will continually follow-up with you to ensure the process is proceeding as expected

Team Coaches, Mentors & Helpers

A group of 6-8 voluntary Mentors manages the Team.  Mentors are parents who have children playing on the team. Mick Hughes (086 821 1129),  Noel Walsh, Ger O’Sullivan, Brian Langan, Olga Wolak, Damien Moore, Ken Stuart and Jarek Kura

All Coaches/Mentors are required to be fully Garda Vetted, undergo the GAA Child Welfare courses,  fully paid members, certified GAA coaches, always have the best interests of the child/player and club in mind and adhere and enforce club Code of Behaviour

Training, Go Games & Team Social Events

Training Times

  • As we are a dual team (Football & Hurling), we train 1-week Gaelic football and 1-week hurling
  • Winter Training (Oct-Mar)
  • Summer Training (April-Sept)
    • TBC

Go Games Times

Go Games are small-sided versions of Gaelic football and hurling, with the use of all skills in a normal full-sided game.  Full participation, fair play, and every child plays is the ethos of the games

  • U9s mixed have matches every Saturday @11am from Feb to Oct.
  • U9 Girls matches are on a Sunday @11am from Mar to Oct.
  • 1-week Football and 1-week Hurling
  • We will arrange challenge games throughout the year as the weather gets better

Team Social Activities

We are in the process of drafting an events calendar, to coordinate organise multiple social activities for the team. This is to help with team bonding, building friendship and teamwork.  This may include activities such as

  • Trips down the country or to a tournament
  • Junior Hell & Back
  • Awesome Walls, Jump Zone, Courtlough
  • Dublin Players Meet & Greet
  • Trips to Croke Park to Dublin Ladies and Men Football and Hurling/Camogie teams.
  • Training on the beach
  • Plus special guests during the year at training

Team Communication

Face-To-Face

  • Any coach any time

Haja App

  • You need to download this app using this website heja.io
  • One of the coaches will supply you with a team access code
  • Used to Accept/Decline availability for training and games (Push Notifications)
  • Direct Messages and Contact list
  • Club info & activities – updates from club social media
  • Changes to training or games, directions to games

Child Protection & Code of Conduct

The club has three Child protection officers to provide parents and children with the opportunity to voice any concerns that they may have. All Coaches, children, and parents must sign up to our club code of behaviours; this can be found on our club policies 

Membership & Subs

Membership and subs contribute towards Insurance of the player, football and hurling equipment, maintaining of the clubhouse and grounds, winter training cost when indoors and Go Games referee fees each week. The GAA registration year starts on April 1st each year and ends 31st March the following year. A list of benefits and discount from local retailers are available our membership page,  these include

  • All players must be paid-up members to enable them to play in Football and Hurling Go Games by Dublin GAA.
  • Players are covered in the event of a sports injury whilst playing or training under the GAA Injury Benefit Fund.
  • Giving support to your club, both financially through the membership fee but more importantly through participation in club activities.
  • Use of O’Dwyers GAA Facilities (Room rental for parties, access to pitches and playing facilities for club activities)
  • 10% discount in All Care Pharmacy Balbriggan
  • 10% discount on sports goods in McFadden’s Shop Balbriggan
  • €30 per month discounted membership at Platinum Gym Balbriggan
  • €1 of each haircut at Capital Barbers Balbriggan
  • GRMA (GAA rewards programme): members can benefit from 25% off purchases at www.elverys.ie and in participating Elverys stores by redeeming a voucher.

Membership Fees & Weekly Sub

The annual membership fee (1st April to 31st March) is €75 per player per year OR €110 for siblings or player and parent, this is necessary to cover the player in the event of a sports injury whilst playing or training under the GAA Injury Benefit Fund.

These fees can be paid Online – once off payment or monthly installments over four months via our membership page OR Weekly to Club registrar via cash on Saturday morning in the clubhouse between 11-1pm.

There is a €5 per week subs fee, payable on training days. If playing on other teams only one sub payment is required.

Equipment Required

For children attending for the first time and looking to try out football and hurling, we will supply hurls and helmets to get them started. All O’Dwyers clothing can be purchased in our Club Shop, which is open every Saturday from 11-1pm.

  • Shorts and Socks: White shorts and green socks that can be picked up from our Club Shop
  • Jerseys: Each player will be supplied with a jersey for the games. Club jerseys can also be purchased from our Club Shop and a lot of kids where them at the games which is fine.
  • Football Boots: At this age, we recommend boots with moulded studs, the cheapest pair in the shop will usually suffice as they will grow out of them within the year.
  • Runners for indoor/winter training
  • Shin-guards: For kids hurling, we recommend that they wear a set of shin-guards
  • Mouthguards: For football, it is compulsory to wear in our games and training.  Check our mouthguard information guidelines on the different options available. Our recommendation is to buy a good fitting ‘boil and bite’ mouthguard that retail for about €10.
  • Hurl: size 22 from 26 is a typical size for U9s that can be picked up from our Club Shop. A larger hurl will inhibit the players from mastering the hurl, it is therefore very important to measure correctly, see our guide on selecting the correct hurl
  • Helmet: can be purchased in Club Shop, McFadden’s, O’Neill’s, Elverys, and Lidl deals, etc. The club also has a buy-back scheme for helmets should you want to turn it.

Healthy Club, Healthy Children

Our club is a participant in the GAA’s health club initiative. It is important that the children have a healthy breakfast (porridge, fruit, etc.) and plenty of fluids on the morning of the games. We would discourage sweets before and after the games and training.

Bring a Buddy!

We currently have over 20 U9 players, the coaches would like this team to continue in the Go Games 3 team league (9 players on a team), and to do this we need more players. This is to ensure:

  • That everyone in this age group gets a game (nobody standing on the side-line)
  • We play against more the established bigger clubs in Dublin (competitive and less traveling)
  • Continued kids development, as they will have a wider circle of friends

So spread the word and encourage the kids to bring a friend down to training, to try it!

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