Report by Margaret Doyle, the Health & Wellbeing Officer
On January 28th, a training night of Health and Wellbeing Officers was held at the County Board Buildings in Tralee. As Health and Wellbeing Officer to Spa G.A.A. Club, I attended.
It was led by Collette Cody who is based in Croke Park, but travels around the country to give this training. She was assisted on the night by County Health and Wellbeing Secretary Aine Ni Suilleabhain.
There were other speakers on the night; namely, County Board Health and Wellbeing Chairperson Bernie Reen. It was evident that key to a successful Healthy Club is people power. It was pointed out on the night that a Health and Wellbeing Officer will not drive Health and Wellbeing within a club on their own.
I am fortunate to be the Spa Officer as we seem to have a club bustling with ideas, more recently Operation Transformation Walks. Well Done to all who organised and participated in the 6 week programme and because of this continue on a Thursday night lights on 7 to 9 pm. This is a true testament that we can and should be more willing to try new events within the club.
If I can be of assistance in promoting any event: please let me know. It would be great if a few people could meet with a view to setting up events that would involve others in the community that might not be of a sporty nature.
The Health and Wellbeing Officer has been supplied with a “Healthy Club Manual”. I would really like to be able to enter the club to qualify for Healthy Club status. The next opportunity for this for this is 2020, so this gives us time to gear ourselves and cover the relevant criteria.
Health & Wellbeing Officer