Killarney Legion are a certified #OneGoodClub.
Killarney Legion #OneGoodClub Journey
Killarney Legion successfully completed the 10-week #OneGoodClub Programme! This programme commenced on the 1st March 2021 and since then the club has carried out numerous activities which ran in line with Jigsaw 5 a Day for Mental Health programme. The five steps of the programme included Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. The aim of this initiative was to encourage and support the community to undertake a series of mental health and wellbeing activities.
A massive thank you to everyone who got involved in this initiative whether that was carrying out a class, engaging over social media or attending any of the events that were held. It was great to see so many people come together during lockdown and work on something that had a positive effect on the community.
The club wants to keep the five fundamentals (Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give) in practice within the club.
During the ‘Connect’ phase, the club held a family quiz and a Jersey day, while Mairead O Donoghue ran a ‘Connecting with’ series where she interviewed a few familiar faces. The younger members of the club also created fantastic St. Patrick’s Day cards which were sent to the local care homes.
Be Active Phase
The ‘Be Active’ phase made everyone jump on their feet and get active. From skill challenges with John Doona to online fitness classes for all ages, everyone definitely clocked up 10,000 steps! Thank you to Muckross Pilates & Barre, The Mama Movement and Senior players for holding these fitness classes. Not to forget our virtual St. Patrick’s Day parade which was a great treat. However, the u14 girls team went the extra mile (literally) and over this period ran 1267km, the equivalent of Killarney Legion grounds at Direen to Croke Park 4 times!
Keep Learning Phase
The club held a “Tell me something…” series in the ‘Keep Learning’ phase where club members provided a piece of trivia, fun fact or a little anecdote about the club. Tara’s Baked Bouquets held a bake along to teach everyone a few tips and tricks in the kitchen. Dr. Stephen Cotter gave educated suggestions on gumshields just in time for ‘Return to Play’. A special thank you to Jigsaw Kerry who gave a knowledgeable talk on the mental health services available to players aged between 12-25.
Take Notice Phase
The ‘Take Notice” phase made us more aware of our surroundings through activities such as nature photography, litter picking, mindfulness and yoga with Navé Yoga. Thank you to Julie Kelly for her top tips for photography!
The last and final stage of the initiative was the ‘Give’ stage. Club members gave baked treats to the underage teams. The club also launched the “Legion Boot Room” where people can recycle their boots by giving them to other players in the club. Paddy Osborne provided some great advice on planting herbs. The idea of planting herbs now and giving them to someone once they prosper is a beautiful idea and it keeps this initiative alive. Finally, the club also had an online fundraiser link for Jigsaw raising much needed funds for this charity.