Leixlip GAA for Dads & Lads is a social football programme for those keen to enjoy Gaelic Games outside the traditional competitive structures of the GAA.
With an emphasis on the social interaction and enjoyment that only team sports can provide, GAA for Dads & Lads is about keeping fun and participation to the fore of hurling football regardless of age or experience. The games allow incidental contact only (to minimise risk of injury) so skills are to the fore over physicality. So regardless of whether you are a recently retired great, a lapsed player looking to reconnect with the game you once loved, or completely new to Gaelic Games and looking to try your hand at a bit of football, ‘GAA for Dads & Lads’ could be for you.
The GAA social games movement has seen teams pop-up all-over Ireland in recent years. A national blitz in the GAA’s National Games Development Centre in Abbotstown in 2019 hosted 20 social hurling and football teams made up of 160 Dads & Lads. It is intended for this to become an annual event, with additional regional blitzes should demand require. As George Bernard Shaw said: ‘we don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing’;