Frequently asked questions
How much will it cost?
A child plus adult membership for one year will be £75; this covers the cost of the player’s shirt for the first year. Plus all insurances and charges for playing “Blitz” or “Go” tournaments.
If I have another child do I get a discount?
Yes, your first additional child will be half price at £35 for the year and any further child will be charged at £10. This will cover the insurances and charges as above. The additional child MUST be a sibling.
Where will my child be playing?
Home games and training will be played at Hazelwood, Home of London Irish RFC and away “GO” Games or “Blitz” games will be at grounds around London such as Tir Chonaill Gaels in Greenford with some games in North London.
When will you train?
We will train every Friday evening from 7pm – 8.30pm at Hazelwood. On weekends when there are games we will still train on Fridays but this will be light training with some strategy discussions with the team.
When does the season begin and end?
2018 season begins on 23 March but the older age groups will be invited to our Skills Academy from 2 March. The season ends in September.
What “kit” do I need?
Football boots, a gum shield, shorts and socks. No helmet or cap is required.
Are all coaches qualified?
We have had all coaches who will initially begin training and coaching your children fully trained by London GAA which is our County Board. They will train some coaches before the season begins and will likely train some more when the season starts
Are all coaches and people working with the club DBS checked?
We are mindful that you are placing your children with us weekly. All coaches and the Executive Committee are DBS checked.
Will there be First Aiders present at all games?
As part of our child welfare we see this as important to ensure that they are safely looked after in the event of an injury. Yes, there will be a first aid responder available at every “Go” games and “Blitz”
You have mentioned “GO” Games and “Blitz” days, what are these?
These are similar to Rugby Festivals where games are played on one day and some football tournament days where children play more than one game during the day. Generally, this will be competitive and your child will participate in more than one game.
Where can I sign up as part of London GAA regulations?
At the present time this is a purely paper exercise as you must be seconded by a member of the club committee so you can approach any of the committee (see Contact Us for details) for a form.
What if my child doesn’t like it and I have paid?
We ask that all children “give it a go” and if they do not like it in the first three sessions we will return any money paid in full.
What are the benefits of playing this rather than another summer sport?
Gaelic Football is one of the quickest games in the world; it promotes fun, fitness and teamwork. For those who play football or rugby in the winter or at school, they will improve fitness, ball handling and their competitive edge. It’s also really fun!
My child isn’t Irish nor does he/she have an Irish Heritage, can they still play?
We welcome all. No matter what your background is, you are welcome to come and play the great game, have fun and participate in a sport which is fast, fun, promotes fitness and teamwork.