Drom Broadford LGFA claim Best Overall Programme Award for Lidl’s One Good Club initiative

Lidl Ireland have recognised clubs from Limerick, Galway and Sligo with prestigious awards as part of the retailer’s youth mental health awareness programme.

Dromcollogher Broadford LGFA Club have been given the ‘Best Overall Programme Engagement’ award as part of the Lidl One Good Club initiative.

Dromcollogher Broadford ran numerous events including building of a fairy village in their town park with help from the local preschool, as well as art competitions, community trail walks, local clean ups and more. They will now receive €5,000 as overall programme award winners.

The programme offers clubs from every county the opportunity to support their members and local communities by engaging in activities that promote positive mental health.

Lidl Ireland have recognised clubs from Limerick, Galway and Sligo with prestigious awards as part of the retailer’s youth mental health awareness programme. This five-step awareness programme for local clubs, developed in partnership with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) and Jigsaw – The National Centre for Youth Mental Health, aims to raise awareness and improve understanding of mental health while empowering LGFA clubs to positively affect their members and communities. The five steps are based on Jigsaw’s 5-a-day for your mental health framework that provides a simple set of evidence-based actions for people to improve their wellbeing. The five steps are: Be Active, Take Notice, Connect, Give, and Keep Learning.

The evaluation of this year’s programme has seen overwhelmingly positive results and impact for the participating clubs, including:

  • 100% agree that “Taking part in One Good Club™ has helped my club get better at promoting and supporting youth mental health”
  • 79% strongly agree that “Since taking part in One Good Club™, I am more confident that my club could hold events to promote mental health.” (100% agreement overall)
  • 83% strongly agree that “One Good Club™ has improved my understanding of the 5 a day for mental health framework” (100% agreement overall)
  • 100% of clubs collaborated with other organisations in the community, 46% of which they had never worked with before. These included local businesses, schools and Youth reach centres, senior citizens associations and nursing homes, sports clubs, music and dance groups, and charities.

Speaking on behalf of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, President Mícheál Naughton said: 

“We’ve witnessed some remarkable efforts once again from clubs who participated in the Lidl One Good Club programme. To see what they’ve done and how they’ve conducted themselves has been heart-warming and I wish to pay tribute to every participant. The effects of the Lidl One Good Club programme will not just be short-term in these clubs; they can also be long-lasting and life-changing in so many ways. I also wish to acknowledge the efforts of Lidl Ireland and Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health, in the increased awareness of mental health issues across the entire LGFA community, and beyond. Three clubs have been recognised with specific awards but all clubs who participated are very much winners in their own right and the work they have done will leave long-lasting legacies in their local communities.”

In the build up to their final event, we spoke to Niamh McCarthy about the initiative in the club.

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One Good Club 2023 Awards

Best Overall Programme Engagement (€5,000)

  • Winner
    • Dromcollogher Broadford (Limerick)
  • Highly Commended
    • Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin)
    • Palatine (Carlow)

Most Innovative Initiative (€2,500)

  • Winner
    • Mountbellew Moylough (Galway)
      • Bee mascot / Bee Kind To Your Mind Fundraiser
    • Highly Commended
      • Palatine (Carlow)
        • Community Blanket
      • Ballyroan (Laois)
        • Fairy Trail

Strongest Community Involvement (€2,500)

  • Winner
    • Geevagh (Sligo)
  • Highly Commended
    • Rathmore (Kerry)
    • Simonstown Gaels (Meath)

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