Another year to look forward to here at Costa Gaels, as we start to get back in to the swing of things after a long, hot summer…
A big welcome back to all our current members; players, children and parents and to the many more that will hopefully be joining us in the coming months.
To get us started, this year see´s the introduction of Healy Mac´s Bar & Restaurant becoming our Club sponsor for the 2016/2017 season. A huge thanks to Liam Healy for supporting the Club this year which will only prove to strengthen the club and spread the word of Costa Gaels across the Costa del Sol.
Healy Mac´s was open in March this year, and is situated in the heart of Estepona Marina. For those who have not checked it out yet, it is well worth a visit!
We would like to put on record once more our thanks to David Reilly and Biddy Mulligan’s Irish Bar in La Cala de Mijas, our sponsors in previous years. Davey has supported the club for many years both as sponsor and club treasurer, and is one of a number of people who worked so hard to keep the club running over the years.
Thankfully Davey hasn’t hung up his boots just yet, and is pushing hard for a place on the bench this season after recovering from a number of imaginary injuries!
The AGM will take place on Sunday at 12 midday in the Trocadero Marbella Rugby Club. (Yes thats this Sunday coming! See you all there!)
Essential for all those currently involved or hoping to be so with the Club. We are always open to new volunteers & ideas so if you have the enthusiasm to support the Club along the senior, underage or potential ladies teams then please do not hesitate to get in contact in advance of the meeting. Speak to one of the current committee members or drop us an email.
Back in full swing after a few sessions in the September heat, training continues on;
Thursday nights at 19:30 & Sunday mornings from 10:30
Located at Marbella Rugby Club – see our website for further info https://costagaels.com/training/
This year the senior team will be managed by Phillip Conlon, supported by Barry O´Keefe, while Luke Hill continues as strength and conditioning coach.
The league start is just around the corner and this year see´s the format change for the Andalucian League. There will be no more tournament structure, just individual games home and away. Costa Gaels will begin with at home against Gibraltar on Saturday 1st October, throw in at 15:30.
You can keep up to date on all results, fixtures and league standing at our website, facebook page or monthly newsletter updates or alternatively come and support us on the day before the All-Ireland replay!
Following the AGM a date will be confirmed for the first session back, as in previous years we have pitch availability on Sunday mornings as normal. Kids from ages 6 and up are more than welcome to come and join in. With qualified coaches in the senior ranks we have more volunteers and assistance for our underage set up than ever, however as always; the emphasis will be on having fun while learning gaelic games.
This year we would also love to make the most of the enthusiasm, skills and most importantly patience (!) of parents to help the Kids Club grow even more. If you feel you can contribute in any way please let us know.
Seville are now flying the flag for Ladies/women´s GAA in Andalucia, after forming a team last year they have gone from strength to strength and have started to compete against other Spanish clubs, it would be great if we could follow in a similar path…
If we have any ladies out there interested from a playing, coaching or organisation perspective please do not hesitate to get in touch.
A Fond Farewell!
In other news, we say goodbye to a club stalwart in Liam Riordan, who goes on to new adventures. While we are sad to see him go, we are delighted that he has taken on the challenge of forming a new club in Malaga. Named Celta Malaga we wish him every success and will give every support possible!
Liam has been a constant figure in the senior team and instrumental with our kids club over the years. A huge thanks to all he has done and the best of luck with Celta Malaga. If you know anyone in the area that would be interested in playing then please do pass on the relevant contact information.
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Please pass on to all friends & family let´s get our Club heard!
See ya soon &
Costa Gaels GAA Abú!