Gam­bling ad­dic­tion to be high­lighted at GAA club

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Since 2012 over 100 GAA play­ers sought help for gam­bling ad­dic­tion and, as a re­sult, Castle­town Liam Mel­lows GAA Healthy Club have been in­spired to host an event aimed at tack­ling the on­go­ing is­sue.

‘Be­hind the Jer­sey’ on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 18, in the Ash­down Park Ho­tel, at 8 p.m., will deal with gam­bling ad­dic­tion through nu­mer­ous talks from Gal­way hurler Justin Camp­bell and for­mer Of­faly in­ter-county foot­baller Niall McNamee.

Justin is an ad­dic­tion coun­sel­lor and per­sonal coach, while Niall will give a talk about his own gam­bling ad­dic­tion.

‘Gam­bling ad­dic­tion is a grow­ing prob­lem and we wanted to in­vite these big names down to help raise aware­ness,’ said com­mit­tee mem­ber Liz Gar­diner.

For the sec­ond part of the evening, nu­tri­tion­ist Colin Smith from Ferns will dis­cuss how to build men­tal and phys­i­cal health through cor­rect nu­tri­tion.

‘Colin plays a ma­jor part with the Wex­ford Se­nior Hurl­ing team so it is great to have him on board,’ added Liz.

The Healthy Clubs, which are in every county in Ire­land, aims to trans­form GAA clubs into health-en­hanc­ing hubs for their com­mu­ni­ties.

‘In ad­di­tion to this event, we have also made ar­eas of our club smoke free, added yoga classes and hand out fruit dur­ing half time breaks,’ added Liz.

Tick­ets will be avail­able on the door for €5. Un­der 16s go free, but the event is for 14 years and up.

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