Irish Life GAA Healthy Club Programme

The Irish Life GAA Healthy Club Programme operates off a two-year cycle. Clubs have 18 months to complete the criteria and subsequently achieve Foundation, Silver and Gold Healthy Club status.

Phase 6 is now active and will run until August 2025. Applications to join the programme are now closed and will reopen in Autumn 2025.

Healthy Club Officers involved in the Irish Life GAA Healthy Club programme since Phase 1 (2013)- Phase 6 (2024) can use their unique login details to access the portal and update their club account and reports accordingly. The Healthy Clubs portal is only available to clubs registered with the GAA Community & Health Department.

The Irish Life GAA Programme aims to help GAA clubs explore how they support the holistic health of their members and the communities they serve.

The healthy club model, which is based on best national and international practice, also aims to embed a healthy philosophy in a club while integrating health into the day-to-day club activities in a sustainable way.
It also aims to place the local GAA club at the heart of the community, making it a beacon for health in the locale.

Club Priority Areas

Healthy Clubs consult with their members and wider communities to determine what areas of health are prioritised. The most common priority areas include:

Physical Activity
Diversity and Inclusion
Community Development
Mental Fitness
Substance Use and Gambling
Healthy Eating
First level of accreditation. Fundamental requirements of a Healthy Club
Clubs striving to achieve more and boost their Healthy Club Profile
Highest standard of Healthy Clubs

Benefits for Clubs

The following benefits were highlighted in an independent evaluation by Waterford IT’s Centre for Health Behavioural Research

Increase in membership
Attract new volunteers
New funding & sponsorship avenues
Health benefits
Community goodwill
Positive media coverage
Exclusive access to resources & supports


Healthy Clubs Review 2020

Take a minute to enjoy this showcase of the work of the GAA Healthy Clubs during 2020

Health is at the heart of every club.

Clubs organically provide meaningful opportunities to socialise, play, and enjoy regular physical activity opportunities. Being part of the Healthy Clubs Project builds on this foundation and provides clubs with a framework to ensure that all aspects on their club are health- enhancing and inclusive.

Advice from Healthy Clubs "Get involved and start taking small steps that achieve lasting impact!".

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