Summer is supposed to be a time of rest, relaxation, and leisure but if you're a full-time working parent it can also come with some inevitable headaches around childcare. With the schools off, your primary concern will be around how to keep your little ones occupied and stimulated, especially in Ireland where even a summer of playing in the back garden is not guaranteed.
Parents of Ireland will be delighted to hear then that Kellogg's GAA Cúl Camps are officially returning for Summer 2021. For sports-loving children, these camps can be a godsend as they provide a social outlet during months that can sometimes be isolating whilst also helping them improve on their GAA skills through games-based activities.
The camps are structured so that a different aspect of the game is worked on each day. The programme involves coaching specific skills of the game and provides the opportunity for children to put into practice what they have learned through games. During the camp week, a "blitz" is organised to provide each child with an introduction to competitive games.
Each child that attends gets their very own Cúl Camp kit complete with a branded backpack, jersey and 1/4 zip top. This year, given the circumstances of the pandemic, there will be a renewed focus on outdoor activities as much as possible which should help to alleviate any anxieties parents might have around their child mixing with other households.
The Cúl camps, which are open to primary school boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 13, run in venues all over the country and for parents who have more than one child to occupy this summer, you'll be delighted to learn there is are a number of family discounts available depending how many children you're booking a place for.
In the Republic of Ireland, the week-long camp costs €65 for first child; €60 for second child and just €50 for third and subsequent children. Children who attend the camp for a second week may also avail of the €50 price. The camps also run through Northern Ireland at a similar pricing scale.
Over 70,00 children partake in the Cúl Camps every year and given the year we've just had, and are continuing to have, we're sure demand will be higher than ever this year. To learn more and book a place for your child in your local Cúl Camp visit the official website here.
Featured Image Credit: Mayo Football Star, Cillian O’Connor launching the 2021 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps (Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile)
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