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Juvenile OPEN DAYS Nationwide campaign

GAA Handball are excited to release details of our latest Juvenile Development Initiative, a two week long nationwide campaign (Sept 19th - Oct 2nd) encouraging Clubs to run Fun Open Days for Juveniles in a bid to increase their membership base. 

As we approach the return of the new school year, and a time where traditionally a lot of Clubs start their planning for new seasons, we are opening applications for up to 35 Clubs to receive a comprehensive support pack and be part of this pilot initiative.

The format and number of OPEN DAYS hosted are at the Handball Clubs discretion, however we have produce guidance notes full of ideas below, as well as readily available support resources. The Primary aim of each OPEN DAY is to ensure fun and enjoyment is had by all, with Clubs ensuring provisions are made for potential new members to continue having readily available opportunities to play and become involved in the Handball club going forward. 

Apply Online - Deadline Sunday 4th September

Guidance Notes

Additional support material below.


Sample OPEN DAY Formats / Idea's

  • Can be single day events, or multiple events over the two-week period
  • Demonstration / Exhibition games from top juveniles / accomplished players
  • Fun mini games / drills / target games / competitions
  • Basic Coaching sessions on shot technique
  • Small prizes & giveaways
  • Special high-profile guests
  • Music
  • Refreshments
  • Incorporate an additional “Have a Go” session for parents
  • Branding / Signage
  • Laptop’s / TV’s displaying match footage / coaching video series
  • Ensure sufficient presence of club volunteers
  • Ensure Open Days are well advertised locally and via social media
  • Advertise Open Day in local schools as part of establishing a strong School Club link


The funding for this exciting initiative was approved by Ard Comhairle, who also approved the Juvenile Recruitment Committee. This committee expended significant time and energy in the development of this recruitment initiative. The committee members include: Rory Lynch (St. Brigid's, Dublin, and committee Chair), Tony Healy (Ballydesmond, Cork), Joe O'Connell (Claregalway, Galway), Marguerite Gore (St. Mary's, Wexford), Paul Fitzpatrick (Virginia, Cavan), and Charly Shanks (Clann Eireann, Armagh).


Contact for further details.


Support Documents

Poster Template (jpeg)

Poster Template (pdf)

Accident Report Form

Attendance Sheet

Planning Checklist