GAEL FORCE parents and supporters. This is a call out for volunteers to ensure we provide the best possible experience for our out-of-town guests.
Please take this 3 question Survey Monkey and select the 1 hour volunteer job you can do to help out MGSA and make this the best blitz we’ve ever hosted.
THIS WEEK’s TIMELINE:
Wednesday practice 5:30 to 6:30 then MEET AT THE PLAYGROUND NEXT TO THE SOCCER FIELDS TO PICK UP YOUR PLAYER so we can give you the 10 cent tour and describe the blitz format. Please make every effort to attend this important orientation that will be done before 7pm.
Thursday we are planning on meeting at EasyDay Bowling, proud sponsor of the mighty Portland Hurling Club for a Happy Hour+. Kids will bowl for free on reserved lanes and hors d’oevres will be provided. Meet the players and parents from Ottawa Eire Og and socialize with the other Gael Force families out on the deck.
Saturday we’d like to see the players at Wainwright by 11:45. Opening ceremonies at 12;15 and 1st throw-in at 12:30.
If you want to meet at the South Portland / Jetport park N Ride lot, we will leave at 7:30am
We will stop at the Kennebunk Turnpike plaza and leave there at 8:00
DIRECTIONS to the Irish Cultural Center of New England
From the North
From Route 93 South take Exit 37B to Route 128 (95) South. At the junction of Rte 95 South and 93 North, stay straight on 93 North.
(Dedham/Providence) Take Exit 2A on to Route 138 South. Follow Route 138 South 3.6 miles. Take a right onto New Boston Drive (at the large Irish Cultural Centre sign)
BE THERE BY 9:45….GAMES BEGIN AT 10
Remember that we need your YAY or NAY for the Canton trip this Saturday.
HOWEVER: Coaches are reaching out today to get your YAY or NAY for our upcoming games in Canton, MA and South Portland.
Also…next Monday is a scheduled day off for the holiday weekend so we are next meeting WEDNESDAY 7/8
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or post in the comments below. Hope to see many of you out there. Thanks
Where: Windham High School
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!!!
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)
$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 ‘email@example.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
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
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
STANDISH REC- Mondays starting May 18th 5:30 to 7 at Johnson Field, 89 Chadbourne Road
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
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.