Having been established in 2011, the Annual U14-16s girls GAA Winter league entered its ninth year in 2020. Over the years the number of teams have increased from 7 to 36 teams in 2018 and offer a practical and positive example of women’s sport by providing structured and safe activity every Saturday over the months of January and February.
Every week each team gains 60 minutes of playing time, accumulating 720 minutes of activity each week. Whilst not only developing fundamental and core skills, the league is also a great way of improving health, well-being and socialisation in the younger generation of girls. Since 2017, the Winter League has been spearheaded by the 'Young Whistlers' who have completed their youth club referee course. These young referees are all previous players of the programme, who have seized the opportunity of developing their refereeing qualifications, allowing them to referee up to U16 level and therefore becoming an integral part of the programme.
Moving forward, Community Sports Network will be working more collaboratively with Antrim LGFA and Gaelfast, providing various workshops on nutrition and mental health for parents, coaches and players.