The Cayman Gaelic Football Club is giving children a chance to try their hand at some Irish sports – Gaelic football and hurling.
The club is holding a Cayman Gaelic Children’s Day on Saturday, May 30, from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Camana Bay to introduce the younger generation to the sports.
For those unfamiliar with the games, Gaelic football is similar to Australian-rules football, while hurling resembles field hockey.
Chairman of the Cayman Islands Gaelic Football Club, David O’Connell, said there was already a lot of interest from kids in joining the sports day. “We had opened it up to members’ children and any other kids that may be interested. However, we have already gathered about 40+ names so I think we might have to cap this specific day at around 50.”
Mr. O’Connell said the children’s sports day was a “trial run” to gauge interest in an underage league or a Gaelic Athletic Association camp for kids.
Activities on the day will include some basic Gaelic football drills and practice matches, as well as a “poc fada” competition. Poc fada literally means “long puck” in Irish and entails seeing how far a hurling player can hit the ball, known as a “sliothar,” with a hurley stick.
Refreshments and healthy snacks for all children will be provided.