Healthy Club he­roes in­clude St John’s man

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT -

THE clos­ing cer­e­mony at the Healthy Club Con­fer­ence in Croke Park re­cently saw a spe­cial group of peo­ple hon­oured for their ex­cep­tional ef­forts in pro­mot­ing the GAA’s Healthy Club Project.

Among the 23 clubs was St John’s as Sea­mus Casey was hon­oured for his work on the project.

Sea­mus, the Chair­man of St John’s led the club com­mit­tee to re­search, write and pub­lish a book cel­e­brat­ing 30 years of the club’s ex­is­tence. He or­gan­ised a suc­cess­ful Op­er­a­tion Trans­for­ma­tion cam­paign, in­clud­ing nu­tri­tion­ists, train­ers, and med­i­cal ad­vi­sors. Sea­mus also sought for the in­clu­sion of ac­tiv­i­ties such as Pilates, a life coach to speak to younger peo­ple, and made the club the first non-smok­ing in Sligo.

The Healthy Club Project started in 2014 with just 16 clubs, four from each prov­ince, in­volved. It cur­rently en­gages 150 clubs, mul­ti­ples in each county. The project aims to broaden the tra­di­tional bound­aries of a GAA club, turn­ing clubs into hubs for health in the com­mu­ni­ties. It in­volves a part­ner­ship with Healthy Ire­land, the Na­tional Of­fice for Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion, the HSE, and is proudly sup­ported by Ir­ish Life.

Clubs fo­cus on a range of health top­ics, in­clud­ing healthy eat­ing; men­tal fit­ness and emo­tion well­be­ing; phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity for non-play­ing mem­bers; gam­bling drug, and al­co­hol aware­ness (in­clud­ing be­com­ing smoke-free clubs); en­gag­ing older com­mu­nity mem­bers; and the pro­vi­sion of games for per­sons with spe­cial needs and those from mi­nor­ity groups, among other things.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing clubs were asked to nom­i­nate their Healthy Club He­roes, this is some­one who has gone above and be­yond the call of duty in serv­ing the health and well­be­ing needs of their clubs’ mem­bers and the com­mu­ni­ties they serve. Dublin All Ire­land win­ner, All Star, and Player of the Year nom­i­nee, Brian Fen­ton, was on-hand to present the re­cip­i­ents with their awards in Croke Park.

St John’s con­grat­u­lated Sea­mus, say­ing he was a de­served win­ner of the award.

Brian Fen­ton presents the ‘Hero Award’ to Sea­mus Casey Sr. of St. John’s GAA Club in Croke Park. Pic: David Fitzger­ald/Sports­file.

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