Come play a demo at Windham Summerfest

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Join MGSA at Windham Summerfest on Saturday afternoon. We are also looking for volunteers to staff our booth, make popcorn, and participate in the hurling demo. Bring your jersey, helmet, and hurl. Have some fun and raise a little cash for the Gael Force travel fund, assisting families make it to the regional blitzes.

Coach Sean’s message:

Hey Ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages, and Coach Johnny. Coach Sean here. Just want to give everyone a quick heads up and/or reminder about our awesome opportunity this saturday. We will be having a great time at WIndham Summerfest. This is an awesome event where we will have tons of people around checking us out and also buying some yummy popcorn from us. Yes, we will be having a big popcorn machine to pop and sell popcorn and waters as well. We also have been given the great chance to do a demo. YES!! You heard that right. A DEMO in front of lots of people at the event. Some details of the event will be posted below. Once everything is done there will also be a really awesome fireworks display right there. If any one has any question please email me at mgsapro@gmail.com or post in the comments below. Hope to see many of you out there. Thanks
Coach Sean
Where: Windham High School
What: Summerfest
Time: Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: 5:00 pm
DEMO TIME: 3:15-3:30 We are going to have a quick scrimmage so wear your jerseys or new shirts.
What are we doing: Selling popcorn and water. Spreading smiles and info about the MGSA. Just being plain AWESOME!!!

1st Practice WEDNESDAY June 17. I WANNA PLAY, BUT HOW?

Love the enthusiasm and the great question:

MGSA’s GAEL FORCE summer program is open to boys and girls age 4-16 (16 year olds must have turned 16 in 2015)

Practices are Monday and Wednesday evenings at Wainwright Athletic Complex in South Portland

U6/8 5:30 to 6:30 at the Strikers soccer field with coaches John, Bill, and Tammy

U10/12 5:30 to 7 at the Strikers soccer field with coaches Sean and Gracie

U14/16 5:30 to 7 at the Boys LAX/hurling fields with coaches James and Doug

REGISTRATION ON ACTIVE.com (see the link on the RIGHT side of our page)

Active.com registration for gaelic programs

Active.com registration for gaelic programs


$50 for the season* with family discounts and scholarships available. These are applied at checkout and you will be emailed a confirmation. Scholarships are on the honor system and you must email ‘mainegsa@gmail.com’ to request a full or 1/2 scholarship. We do ask why, only that this is genuine need. Family discount code is ‘MGSAFAM15′

*$25 deposit required if you need a helmet and/or hurl. THIS IS RETURNED when the equipment comes back in 1 piece.

WE PLAY ‘BLITZ’ TOURNAMENTS featuring multiple football and hurling matches.

We host 7/18 and expect teams from all over New England as well as a special guest from further afield

We travel 6/20, 7/11, 7/24, and 8/8 These are optional but highly recommended.

We’ll also be at Windham’s Summerfest 6/27 and play before a Sea Dogs game in August on Irish Night.

RETURNING PLAYERS GET A $10 cash bonus for new players who sign up for the GAEL FORCE.

SEE YOU SOON

WE ARE GETTING SO CLOSE

1st summer practice is officially 1 month away. We have doubled the field time, added coaches, scheduled the tournaments and nearly halved the price (and that’s before available scholarships). We’ve got a great format this year geared to games-based instruction and our coaches have been training during the off-season to be the best they can be for you, our members.
Sign up now (or soon so we can make sure we have enough equipment). RETURNING PLAYERS GET A $10 REFERRAL BONUS for getting a friend to sign up.

Full and partial scholarships are available and WE WILL NOT TURN ANYONE AWAY for ability to pay.

CLICK THE ACTIVE LINK on the lower right of our page to register

MIDDLE SCHOOL LEAGUES are beginning and THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER with Standish, SOPO, and Cape Rec

Visit their sites to sign up

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR SPRING REC and SUMMER “GAEL FORCE” PROGRAM

Thanks to all of you for your patience. It has been a BUSY “off season” and thanks to lots amazing people, we have the following Gaelic sports options to announce:

MIDDLE SCHOOL PILOT PROGRAM

This is the 1st year of this 1st-of-its-kind partnership between the North American GAA and public recreation programs. MGSA has worked with the Games Development Committee to fund 10 programs over 3 years, with our coaches and older players mentoring the participant programs in the hope we create a sustainable Gaelic sports program in the partner communities. The 2015 programs are:

SOUTH PORTLAND/CAPE ELIZABETH- Tuesdays starting May 12th 5:30 to 7 at Wainwright Fields in SOPO

SOPO: http://www.southportland.org/departments/parks-recreation-aquaticspool/recreation-department/
CAPE: http://www.capecommunityservices.org/

STANDISH REC- Mondays starting May 18th 5:30 to 7 at Johnson Field, 89 Chadbourne Road
https://www.standishrec.com/info/default.aspx

Both programs are $25 and include a t-shirt.

SOPO IRISH FOOTBALL MAGIC

This is an instructional program for K-2 players, also at Wainwright. Wednesdays 5:30 to 6:30 $25

http://www.southportland.org/departments/parks-recreation-aquaticspool/recreation-department/

GAEL FORCE HURLING AND FOOTBALL

U6 to U18 Summer Travel program $50

Register using our ACTIVE link on the right side of the page.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for our June to August program for boys and girls.

DID YOU SEE US AT THE PARADE YESTERDAY?

If you did, and you want to learn more you are in the right place.

 

Here is what you need to know:

  • We offer programs for kids age 4 -17
  • Our ‘Gael Force’ summer program is based in South Portland and meets 2x/week from Mid-June to early August.  U6 and U8 for 60 minutes and older kids for 90.
  • We are co-ed through U16
  • We travel to play teams throughout New England and host a large tournament on 7/18.
  • The program costs $50 / child with a $25 refundable deposit for a helmet and a hurl.  Helmets are 1st come 1st serve and you may also use a hockey or lax helmet.  We can get helmets and hurls for purchase at 20-30% off retail.  REGISTRATION WILL BE OPEN BY 3/20 on Active.com (see link on our main page)
  • NO CHILD WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR FINANCIAL REASONS
  • Practices are games-based, so we learn by playing. Football and hurling will be played EVERY session.

WANT TO TRY IT OUT 1ST?  No problem.  There is a 2 week tuition refund with return of the gear.

MIDDLE SCHOOL KIDS are encouraged to try our NEW league for grades 6-8.  This is a 5 session league in May/June and you register through South Portland and Cape Rec.  We are waiting for 1 more community to secure fields before we announce them. Cost is between $25 and $35.

THERE IS A FREE Clinic in South Portland at the Community Center on 3/21 from 12-2.

If you’ve never seen Gaelic sports played, we encourage you to watch the videos on this page or see us on Facebook:  Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance

SO MUCH TO OFFER, and it’s only March

At MGSA, we don’t believe sleep is all that important, apparently.   Here are the upcoming events you should be aware of:

March 15, Saint Patrick’s Day parade with our friends from the Irish American Club of Maine.  We’ll be marching with Portland Hurling Club, the Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band, and many many more.   Please feel free to dress up and join us, or simply get ready to grab the goodies we’ll be “hurling”

 

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March 21, we host our annual indoor clinic with South Portland Recreation.  We’ll be doing learning stations, playing some small-sided football,  and showing videos for the kids and adults.  This goes from 12-2 and is free for everyone.

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March 24, we’ll be doing demos at Kaler School in South Portland and on the last Friday of March and the 1st 2 Fridays in April we’ll be doing Gaelic football as part of March Madness at Small School in SOPO.

Middle School League (co-ed grades 6-8) is OPEN FOR REGISTRATION on the South Portland and Cape Elizabeth Rec sites, and our Bonny Eagle are program is nearly finalized.  This is a 5 week May/June program with an Irish player-taught clinic and games in the last week.

The season kicks off with weekly practices beginning the last week of April (fields permitting) at Wainwright Fields in SOPO.

We go to twice weekly in mid-June.  Hurling and football will be played EVERY practice and we have SEVERAL planned trips to large”blitz” events where every child gets 3 + games in a day.  We host our blitz on July 18th.   There is a small deposit to rent a hurl and a helmet, refundable with the return of the gear.  Season ends after the Springfield, MA blitz and music festival on 8/8.   Those wanting to play in the New England championships will travel to Boston on 8/15 or 8/22

This is a program where we teach kids 4-17 how to play, have fun, and excel in hurling and Gaelic football.  EVERY CHILD can learn and we focus on positive coaching models.  EVERY CHILD will play equal time and multiple positions.

We charge only  $50 per player for the season and we offer a full refund for 2 weeks or 4 practices, whichever comes 1st.

NOBODY WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR FINANCIAL REASONS.  We’ll make it work.  DSCF3156DSC_0460

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AGE GROUPS:

U6 and U8:  60 min 2x/week.

U10 and above:  90 min practices 2x/week

* All ages are expected to try hard, have fun, and play their best, but U16 and U18 will train at a particularly high level.  The kids will be expected to come in ready to run, learn and compete.  Our players have set a standard of excellence we insist on maintaining through a dedication to hard work, sportsmanship, and a willingness to play our best against the best.

 

REGISTRATION will be open on Active.com on 3/18.

 

MGSA Welcomes back Tex-Tech Industries as main sponsor

We are thrilled to have the continued support of Tex Tech and their amazing staff as we continue our program into Year 5.  We could not ask for a better sponsor and bigger supporter of Gaelic games in Maine.

Tex-Tech Industries

Tex-Tech Industries

Learn more about this incredible company, their products and people on our links to the right.