One of my friends asked “Why do you pay so much money and spend so much time running around for your child to play GAA ?” Well I have a confession to make: I don’t pay for my childs GAA. Or his/her Boots , kit Or his/her training time, clinics and camps.

So, if I am not paying for gaelic games what am I paying for?

– I pay for those moments when my child becomes so tired he/she feels like quitting but doesn’t.

– I pay for the opportunity that my child can have and will have to make life-long friendships.

– I pay for the chance that he/she may have amazing instructors that will teach him/her that camogie/hurling and football is not just about a game but about life.

– I pay for my child to learn to be disciplined.

– I pay for my child to learn to take care of his/her body.

– I pay for my child to learn to work with others and to be a proud, supportive, kind and respectful team member.

– I pay for my child to learn to deal with disappointment, when he/she doesn’t get that score they hoped for, or handpass during a breakaway they had practiced a thousand times, but still gets up and is determined to do his/her BEST next time…

– I pay for my child to learn to make and accomplish goals.

– I pay for my child to learn that it takes hours and hours and hours and hours of hard work and practice to create a champion, and that success does not happen overnight.

– I pay so that my child can be on the pitch instead of in front of a screen…

I could go on but, to be short, I don’t pay for GAA I pay for the opportunities that GAA provides my child to develop attributes that will serve him/her well throughout their life and give them the opportunity to bless the lives of others. From what I have seen for many, many years, I think it is a great investment!