Training For ALL Skills & Experience Levels
First Training Session FREE!
Training happens twice a week:
Tuesdays from 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Saturdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm
Due to current circumstances we still manage training once a week on Tuesday nights. During quarantine we did pop quizzes in place of practice, to keep spirits high and our community connected.
Fun, Fitness, Friendship & Football
What to expect from training with Saigon Gaels……………..
Gaelic sports, namely Gaelic Football and Hurling are our way of connecting with our homeland and maintaining our cultural identity when we are thousands of miles away from friends and family. But not everyone who plays Gaelic sports is Irish so why do they play?
Training with the Saigon Gaels is all about the four F’s.
Fun, Fitness, Friendship and Football.
Many people join the club because they want to try something new and have Fun learning how to play this ‘uniquely Irish sport’. But after the first session, it becomes apparent that the Saigon Gaels is a club full of people from all over the world. Which leads us to Friendship. Some people join the club to make new friends in a new city. A way to get outside their small bubble of comfort and expand their social circle. ( A lot of people join just for the social elements of the club!) Others join because they want to get a little Fitter and can’t face the monotony of the gym and treadmill. The idea of working out together, sweating together whilst having fun and making new friends is a lot more appealing than another serial killer podcast walking on an incline treadmill. If the fun, friendship and fitness don’t get you fully involved in the club then Football will clinch it for you.
Gaelic football is a fast-paced field sport where you can catch, hand pass and kick the ball to your teammates or into the goal/over the bar to score. Much like many invasion games, soccer, hockey, rugby or basketball to name a few, Gaelic football is all about attacking your opponents trying to score whilst trying to defend your own goal. At the end of the game, the team with the greatest scoreline is declared the winner.
What to expect from your first session?
We always have a dynamic warm-up led by the coach or the team captain. This is designed to prepare the body physically and mentally for the upcoming session, whilst reducing the chance of injury.
After the warm-up there will be a skill related activity focusing on one of the core Gaelic football skills such as hand-passing. This will be done in isolation in small groups.
Following on the core skills, we will be working on a specific skill, tactic or game-based strategy for the session. This could be shooting under pressure or a principal defence such as closing down space.
The end of the session will involve a modified game with a focus on the skill, tactic or strategy that has been covered in the session.
So why not come down and give it a go! Send us a message via social media and we will get back to you about attending your first session. Oh, and the first session is free.
The Rules of Gaelic Football Explained!
Gaelic Football is huge in Ireland, with thousands of football pitches dedicated to this beautiful game. The rest of the world is... less exposed to this game but do not worry as many of our players started playing Gaelic without knowing any of the rules. That is why we have an amazing coaching team to train us!
The Rules of Hurling Explained!
Ninh explains the Rules of Hurling. A beginner's explanation of the Irish Sport known as GAA Hurling. Watch this short tutorial video guide on how Hurling is played by the Gaelic Athletic Association