Health & Well being Workshop for Young Players

This Thursday, March 5th, Rebel Óg, in conjunction with the Gardaí, are running a very exciting and beneficial free workshop for all young players in the Cork North Region.

The purpose of the workshop will be to highlight some of the ongoing issues in todays modern society for young adults and sport.

Alcohol and drugs are becoming more prominent in today’s society, along with the major issue of mental health in young men & women.

Our workshop will specifically target the development squad players in the North Region, along with our club players from all the clubs in the North Region. As more and more young adults turn to social media for news, events and lifestyle influences, the North Region are trying to highlight the issues surrounding this, and substance abuse. The dangers which these issues pose in today’s society is a concern which is something that needs to be dealt with. We now have evidence that children as young as first year are being exposed to drug taking.

We hope this discussion will help educate our young players on the dangers involved, the importance of avoiding these drugs by saying NO & being alert to how some children first become involved, as well as the importance of our GAA in keeping our young players safe during this life pathway.

Our GAA plays a huge part in the physical wellbeing of our children- it’s now time we also influenced our children/ young players mental wellbeing.

Our workshop is on this Thursday, March 5th from 7.30p to 9pm in Mallow GAA Complex. The target audience is aimed at all players in our North Region, from age 13 upwards. Specific emphasis is on attendance from our 13-year olds to adult players. We want at least 1 parent to also attend with each player from our development squads.


Speakers will include:

  • Keith Ricken, Cork U20 All-Ireland winning manager and CIT Games Development Officer
  • Barry Corkery, Behaviour therapist with the HSE
  • An Garda Síochána will also make a presentation on the matters described above.

This is a free event supported by the Rebel Og North Cork Board and the Cork County Games Manager Kevin O’Callaghan. All are welcome to attend. A word of thanks is expressed to Liz Foley and everyone at Mallow GAA complex for their generosity in sponsoring and rowing in behind this event. Also to North Region GDA Pat Spratt who is one of the driving forces behind the project along with Rebel Óg North Board. 


Any members u18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.