Wednesday, May 04, 2022

The 26 clubs who will participate in Lidl Ireland’s One Good Club™ mental health awareness programme for 2022 have been revealed.

One Good Club™ is a five-step youth mental health awareness programme for local clubs, developed in partnership with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association and Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health.

Eva O’Connor (aged 11), Nicola Ward (Galway), Sinead Walsh (aged 9), Carla Rowe (Dublin), Laura Walsh (aged 9), Caoimhe McGrath (Waterford) and Rose O’Connor, The Lidl One Good Club™ youth mental health and wellbeing programme aims to increase awareness and knowledge of mental health across the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) community and provide clubs with the tools and information needed to respond effectively to the mental health needs of their members. The programme forms part of Lidl’s €2.1 million investment in the fifth year of partnership with the LGFA. Clubs who wish to participate in the Lidl One Good Club™ programme should visit www.lidl.ie/onegoodclub for more information.

Moy Davitts LGFA will represent Mayo while Sligo’s Coolera Strandhill will also take part.

The Lidl Ireland One Good Club™ programme aims to increase awareness and knowledge of mental health across the LGFA community. The initiative offers clubs the opportunity to support all members and engage in activities that can promote their health and wellbeing.

First piloted in 2019, the One Good Club™ programme forms part of Lidl’s continued investment in their relationship with the LGFA, which was extended earlier this year for another four years.

Each participating club will be given training and advice on how to run a successful programme. They will also receive new jerseys and be in with a chance to win one of three cash prizes up for grabs, to reward the following; Most Innovative Initiative (€2,500), Strongest Community Involvement (€2,500) and Best Overall Programme (prize €5,000).

Speaking on behalf of Lidl Ireland, CSR and Communications Director, Aoife Clarke, commented: We know that there has been a huge impact on mental health due to the pandemic so programmes such as this are key in helping increase awareness in communities. We had such amazing feedback from the clubs who took part last year so we are delighted to see the One Good Club programme back again this year in association with Jigsaw.”

LGFA President, Mícheál Naughton, said: “We are delighted to reveal the list of clubs participating in the Lidl Ireland One Good Club™ programme, and we look forward to another exceptional roll-out. We are in our seventh year of our partnership with Lidl Ireland, our National League sponsors and official retail partner, and the Lidl Ireland One Good Club™ programme is a hugely-important initiative as we slowly emerge from a challenging couple of years. The mental health of our members is of huge importance to all of us in the LGFA and we are very pleased once again to work alongside Lidl Ireland and Jigsaw to bring clubs a programme that can ensure life-long benefits. We have already detected a huge sense of excitement within the participating clubs and we look forward to what the coming weeks have in store.”

Director of Communications and Fundraising at Jigsaw, Mike Mansfield, said: “At Jigsaw, our core focus is on achieving better mental health outcomes for young people and The One Good Club™ programme is central to this ambition. One Good Club™ allows us to support, educate and empower young people and those around them, on sports grounds, workplaces, kitchen tables, high streets, online and more. Grassroots programmes at this scale are hugely important and hugely impactful and we are delighted to work in partnership with Lidl and the LGFA once more.”

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