Club Health & Wellbeing Strategy



As Ireland’s largest sporting and community organisation, the GAA has always held a pivotal role in promoting health and wellbeing among members and players. In this context the launch, within Kilmacud Crokes, of the GAA Mental Health Charter (March 2015) is “aimed at promoting mental health for all our members and the wider community in which we are situated. The R.E.S.P.E.C.T. philosophy stipulates that everyone will be treated with respect and they will participate, enjoy and contribute to our Club without prejudice, discrimination or any other negative consequences for them or others

‘Crokes Talks’ brings the GAA Mental Health Charter to life in Kilmacud Crokes, both within the club and across the wider community. It is a club wide initiative that aims to work collaboratively across club and community to support wellbeing by focusing on our physical and mental health. Wellbeing is associated with one’s ability to live in a productive and self-fulfilling manner and to have the resilience to cope effectively when faced with the challenges and stressors that are part of everyday life - in many ways like the core values of the GAA itself. In Kilmacud Crokes, the promotion of mental, as well as, physical wellbeing is at the heart of where we want to take our club over the next 3-5 years and beyond and we see it as an intrinsic part of the future success of the club. Crokes Talks aims to span across all sectors of the club from the youngest nursery members, through to the youth and adult sections of the club as well as past members who continue to support the essence of Kilmacud Crokes throughout the community.  Having surveyed our membership we will build on what they have said they value and focus on support, awareness, openness, learning and support.


What our members told us:

As a first step in Crokes Talks, a club wide survey was carried out online in June 2015 to find out more from our members about life in Kilmacud Crokes. There were over 470 responses (approximately 30% of the total adult membership) to the survey and they represented all sections of the club and all mixes of members (coaches, players, parents and club contributors).


Results of the survey highlighted the members’ view that the lifeblood of the club is inherently human, with a sense of camaraderie identified as being the most important attraction of being part of Kilmacud Crokes. Members clearly put friendship and personal support at the heart of the club - when it was selected as the most enjoyable aspect of being involved in Kilmacud Crokes.

Kilmacud Crokes has been a second home to our four children

A good sense of belonging and togetherness

“Lots of people helping each other and kids asking for nothing in return”


Members value the human element of the club - the opportunity to build friendships, access a support system and learn from and be mentored by other club members

You know we look after each other where we can

Reliable community always eager to help during tough periods of ones life

“Make friends with other coaches/parents…deepens my connection with community”


Members recognise the opportunity to establish life skills and lessons as an intrinsic part of being a member 

Enjoy my children taking part and learning new skills and a positive ethos

Personally rewarding to help kids develop their skills, characters and personalities

“Culture of club…fosters mutual respect…striving for excellence but not measuring the child by results only”


Members appreciate the escape and relaxation that is enabled by being part of the club 

It's a chance to let off steam

Playing makes my soul lift out of my body

Facilitates release of pent up energy created by stress of work and life in general


The findings of this survey have informed the overall strategy of Crokes Talks, which is outlined as follows.



Crokes Talks Objectives



  • Support Social Interaction across the entire club building on the “Crokes Recalls” initiative.
  • Encourage physical activity for all of our members building on “Couch to 5k” initiative.
  • Promote learning, positivity, awareness and support through continued engagement with specialised facilitators. The holding of relevant workshops and similar activities designed to 


OUR Mission

Crokes Talks Mission



Crokes Talks - aims

Related documents

Download the Community Development in the GAA HERE community_development.pdf

Download Survey highlights HERE poster2_crokes.pdf

Crokes Talks - News & Reports

Great Start to KickStart Crokes 2019
Friday 11th January, 2019

Kickstart 2019

KickStart KIlmacud Crokes 2019 Program Registration in Club on Thursday Jan 10th at 8:30pm
Sunday 30th December, 2018
Sensory Santa Success a 1st at Kilmacud Crokes
Wednesday 19th December, 2018

Our Sensory Friendly Santa was a huge success with lots of happy kids, parents, and volunteers. Everyone who was involved in any aspect of the day should be really proud. Everyone found a role and everything ran smoothly.  Santa & Chief Elf Alf did an amazing job at getting the best out of th

Kilmacud Crokes Choir  Supporting The Hospice  Dece 8th Stillorgan Shopping Center
Saturday 8th December, 2018

Well done to the members of the Kilmacud Crokes Choir who sang their hearts out on a cold and wintry morning  Saturday December 8th in Stillorgan Shopping center. They raised 970 euro and all the funds  collected were in support of the Blackrock and Harold's Cross Hospice.

Kilmacud Crokes Healthy Club - UN International Day of Person with Disabilities
Monday 3rd December, 2018

Today is UN International Day of Person with Disabilities: Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality

All Sibling Santa’ Experience hosted by Healthy Club Committee of Kilmacud Crokes GAA Club
Friday 30th November, 2018

All Sibling Santa’ Experience hosted by Healthy Club Committee of Kilmacud Crokes GAA Club

Walking Group Enjoy the Spinc Walk in Glendalough
Friday 30th November, 2018

We had a really nice hike around the Spinc loop in Glendalough on Saturday when after a week of heavy rain we enjoyed a dry day with no wind. You can see how still it was from the photo of the lake below. A group of 11 completed the expedition and you can check out the photos below.

Hillwalks Return
Wednesday 3rd October, 2018

We kicked off our Autumn walks last Saturday week after the summer break with a hike up and down Camenabologue. Great turnout again of 18 and thanks to Pat for leading us up and down safely. See photos below from the day. We stopped off in Lynams in Laragh for the much needed refreshments. 

Autism in Sport Training Kilmacud Crokes Monday Sept 24th
Wednesday 26th September, 2018

An Autism in Sport Training Workshop took place in Kilmacud Crokes on Monday Sept 24th.

23 people attended this training . For the most part  Kilmacud Crokes were represented  but Leinster Cricket and local primary schools were also represented.

Kilmacud Crokes Choir Sessions Resume Sunday September 9th  6pm Club Function Room
Tuesday 4th September, 2018

The choir is restarting this Sunday 9th September 2018 at 6pm in the function room.

All are welcome and no previous experience required- just turn up and let it soar.

Shauna O’Gorman