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.

CLINIC IS SATURDAY 3/21 12-2pm at the SOUTH PORTLAND COMMUNITY CENTER at 21 NELSON ROAD

Come see what all the fuss is about

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.

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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

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.

MGSA Annual General Meeting at CIA set for Jan. 21

Please join us from 6 – 7:30pm WEDNESDAY Jan. 21 at CIA Coffee on Ocean St. in South Portland.  This is an opportunity to hear about MGSA’s agenda for 2015 (and beyond) as well as vote for the 2015 Board.  Member families have nomination (see your email) and voting rights, but must be present to vote.  Drinks are provided and kids are welcome.

We’ll also hear from our friends at Portland Hurling Club and the New England Minor Board.

Info and directions for CIA:

 

http://ciacafe.com/

 

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Middle School League In the Works

Middle School League In the Works

South Portland Rec is the 1st official participant, but we are in talks with up to 3 other communities for a 2015 May/June co-ed football league.   Gael Force Hurling and Football , our summer program will begin twice weekly practices at the conclusion of the Rec league.

Thanks to SOPO for their 4th year of involvement.

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MGSA @ BEMS

MGSA @ BEMS

BEMSMGSA coaches and players will be teaching PE on Thursday and Friday this week.   Not just 1 class, but ALL the classes.   We are so thankful for the opportunity and will be looking to show the kids just how amazing Gaelic games are.   We’ll be focusing on football for now and hopefully getting the Scots to go Irish for the day.

MGSA earns unique opportunity to present Gaelic sports at the MRPD conference in Portland

Thanks to the support of our friends at SOPO Recreation, we’ve been invited to be one of 3 presenters (along with football and pickleball) at the Maine Recreation & Park  Director’s conference in March 2015.

MGSA will present 3 sessions and have an information table with coaches ready to provide insight about how we can help create fun, accessible and sustainable Gaelic sports programs within the community Rec model.   The Boston GAA and Munster Council has been on board with this effort for 2 years and the results have been very positive so far.

Thanks to them, as well as our friends at Tex-Tech who’ve provided us the financial stability to fund these efforts, we able to come to directly to the decision makers and offer these wonderful games with free instruction, certification tracks, and local and international support.

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MGSA at the MAHPERD (love the acronyms)

MGSA at the MAHPERD (love the acronyms)

Coach James from MGSA was a presenter and exhibitor at the Maine Association of Health,  Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance 2014 conference at the Samoset Resort.    This also corresponded with the biggest snowstorm Maine has seen in the last umpteen years.  Our Sunday session was done without the benefit of lights, internet, and heat.   Fun stuff and merely a challenge to overcome.

Despite that, we had some great fun and were able to enjoy a good day in the exhibition hall on Monday when power was restored to most of Rockland, ME.  We came with a standing offer to provide free instruction and program maintenance to any public rec or school program that wanted to pilot Gaelic football.  The GAA has made some equipment available and as always is offering a free Foundation course and referee training to interested parties.  We had very constructive interactions with folks and look forward to touching base with several interested entities.

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