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As of Monday 27th of July our main pitch will be shut for maintenance work to be carried out. As a result and due to the heavy plant that will be involved our facilities will be closed from 8am-6pm each week day as a matter of health and safety. Our training pitch will now be used to cater for training and all games will be played away from home until 2016.


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Intermediate Football Championship

Glenavy V Aghagallonat Lámh Dhearg

 on Saturday 1st. August @ 7.45pm


Minor Football Championship

Saffron’s  v    Glenavy

 on Tuesday 11st. August @ 7.00pm


 3rd Annual                               







Fundraising Cycle










23rd. Aug.




New this year- 2 Routes *



Glenavy GAC- Ballyronan Marina- Glenavy GAC  (70 miles)


Glenavy GAC- Antrim- Glenavy GAC (35 miles)


Raise money for Glenavy GAC (min sponsorship for club £70 )

& your chosen charity


(visitors £25 donation to participate)


 For further information & to register contact :-


Aidan – 07712662800 / Christina --- 07502033302


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*Under 16’s MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult

cardiac screening

The Medical Welfare Committee of the GAA







 that in the context of cardiac screening


all participants


 over the age of 14 should complete a

cardiac screening



questionnaire which can be viewed


on the link below.



1 This week's fixtures

This week's Fixtures

Thursday 30th July

U-16 Cup  @ 7.30pm Away

Tir Na nÓg






Friday 31st July

U-14 Cup Semi-final @ 7.30pm Home







Saturday 1st. August

Intermediate Championship @ 7.45pm

At Lamh Dhearg







Sunday 2nd. August

U-12 Cup Semi-final @ 1.00pm Home






Antrim Scór Finals

Scór Sinsir: Congratulations to Ciara Thompson who won the Antrim Scór Sinsir singing competition in St.Clare’s Hall. Well done Ciara

Nutrition for players ASP Nutrition


Nutrition mistakes made by G.A.A

 players & athletes in general

Is this you?

Ø Eating too many processed and refined carbohydrates or not eating enough good quality carbohydrates.


Ø Low Intake of protein and healthy fats.


Ø Poor hydration habits – not drinking enough water. Turning up for training and matches dehydrated.


Ø A poor quality breakfast/no breakfast at all/unsuitable breakfast for type of activity being performed that day.


Ø Not enough fruit and vegetable intake.


Ø Poor understanding of how to fuel for your matches/sessions and recover from them (when to eat and what to eat for each session/match) ASP Nutrition


Fuelling your matches

Despite its damaged reputation Carbohydrates are a G.A.A players’ best friend when it comes to performing on the pitch as it fuels all high intensity activities. There are 3 questions you must answer when preparing your carbohydrate loading phase for matches.

What type of Carbohydrates should I eat?

Unprocessed forms of low GI slow release carbohydrate – porridge, rice or sweet potatoes with a good source of protein – eggs, chicken, lean beef, pork or fish at each meal during your loading phase. If you’re not meeting required carbohydrate intake you can add in some fast digesting carbohydrates like Jaffa cakes or granola bars etc. but only if necessary!

Limit fats, vegetables and excessive amounts of protein in your pre match meal as it will slow digestion time. A good example of a pre match meal would be porridge with some fruit or a chicken and rice dish.

When should I start eating them?

Start your carbohydrate loading approximately 2 days before your game. You cannot compensate for two days of eating with a massive pre match meal – it won’t work! All the work must happen a few days before. The pre match meal is simply a top up that you should eat about 3-4 hours before game time. You can have a light fast digesting carbohydrate snack an hour or so before kick-off if you feel like it, but mainly stick with drinking water.

How much Carbohydrates should I take in?

Between 5-8g of carbohydrate per kg of body weight to be eaten per day in build up to game. This could be achieved simply by having more porridge than usual at breakfast, a couple more pieces of fruit and an extra sweet potato or two at your dinner. ASP Nutrition


Fuelling your pitch training sessions

There is some recent research suggesting that performing SOME training sessions on a low carbohydrate intake may allow for greater cellular adaptations to aerobic endurance training.

This approach advises that certain low to moderate intensity training sessions be started with a lower carbohydrate availability. Because there is low carbohydrate present, the body will use fat as fuel. As a result, your body adapts to using less carbohydrate during moderate exercise, thereby sparing it for higher intensities.

However, because on match days you will consume high doses of carbohydrate - in order to maximize performance. It is important that our muscles keep the capacity to utilize it and not just fat. As such this should not be a full time approach to training. Doing so would mean your body adapting to fat so much, that you could end up not being able to utilise carbohydrates optimally!

Training in a fasted state should be reserved for moderate to low intensity training sessions!

Training fasted repetitively can lead to many detrimental effects on hormones and the immune system, if performed long-term. Consuming protein before your session and moderate doses of caffeine is a suitable strategy to prevent muscle protein breakdown and help maintain training intensity if training on low carbohydrate.

It is recommended that you experiment with this as it may not work for everybody. Sticking to a moderate to high carbohydrate intake for training may suit you better and if so stick with that. Please do not perform fasted training sessions without knowing beforehand the intensity of the session or without consulting with someone experienced in this area. ASP Nutrition  


Fuelling your pitch training sessions

For most of your training sessions aim to eat a carbohydrate rich meal with protein roughly three hours before your training session, if you can’t eat that close to training because of work/designated break times etc. then have a large carbohydrate rich meal for your lunch and snack on fruit or granola or nut and seed bars and stay well hydrated until your training session. Trying to eat a meal an hour or so before training will do more harm than good as the body will have no chance to properly absorb and digest it (which may take even longer if your stressed getting about your boots clean for training and worried about being fuelled for your session!!) which may lead to stomach discomfort during training! ASP Nutrition  


Recovery from pitch sessions & matches

Recovery involves intake of Water, Carbohydrates, Protein, Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants and more Water!

Weigh yourself before and after training in shorts only and for every kg you have lost replace with 1-1.5 litres of fluid. This may be tough to accomplish late at night, so aim to drink what you can at night without it disturbing your sleeping patterns, (which is vitally important for recovery!!). You can then continue your hydration protocol in the morning.

Since the main fuel used in field and team sports is carbohydrate, you will need to replenish these stores as quickly as possible following a training session, especially if you are training a day or two later or have two matches in a week, which is common come the summer months! Eat fast digesting carbohydrates as soon as possible after training to build up your stores again.

This is a chance for you sweet toothed players to get your fix, as you can consume fast acting sugars like sports drinks or Jaffa cakes.

Chocolate milk has been shown by research to be an excellent recovery drink as it helps rehydrate, gives you your fast acting carbohydrates as well as protein too!

Protein will help repair any damaged muscle and can prevent inflammation and muscle soreness.

It can be hard to stomach anything after a tough session or very competitive match so don’t fret about too much, this is where a sports drink and maybe a handful of almonds or a smoothie will do the trick, and then you can focus on a quality meal when you get home.

Mainly focus on mixed meals with a good source of protein lots of slow digesting carbohydrates and vegetables! ASP Nutrition  


Nutrition and sleep

The importance of sleep for brain function, mood, training adaptation, recovery and general health cannot be overstated! There is some research that shows that certain nutritional strategies may promote or hinder sleep patterns & sleep quality whilst poor sleeping habits can affect nutritional choices and important physiological functions.

Chronic sleep deprivation in athletes may result alter glucose metabolism and neuroendocrine function, carbohydrate metabolism, appetite, food intake, and protein synthesis.

These factors can all influence an athlete’s nutritional choices and habits which will harm performance.

High GI or fast digesting carbs consumed more than 1 hour before bedtime may promote a feeling of sleepiness.

High protein diets may increase sleep quality whereas high fat diets may negatively affect total sleep time.

Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to insulin resistance and may become a risk factor for type II diabetes.

Diets with a reduced total caloric intake may negatively impact sleep.

Supplementing with as little as 1 gram of the amino acid tryptophan may help improve sleep – tryptophan is a precursor to the release of melatonin (sleep hormone). This amino acid is found in foods such as pumpkin seeds, turkey or chicken.

The hormone melatonin and foods that have a high melatonin concentration may decrease the time it takes you to go to dreamland. Goji berries, walnuts, raspberries, tomatoes and mustard seeds have good sources of melatonin.

Over-hydration can disturb sleep patterns and is a reason most cited by athletes for sleep disturbances, as athletes may need to urinate during the night! ASP Nutrition


Nutrition and sleep

Remember the rehydration protocol if you have late night training sessions, ensure you drink what you can without disturbing sleep and rehydrate in the morning!

Alcohol and caffeine significantly reduce the release of melatonin as well as diminishing sleep quality and time and should be avoided as much as possible around bed time – except on special occasions of course!

Athletes should try to get at least 8 if not 9 hours of sleep a night or nap during the day to potentially avoid these negative effects. ASP Nutrition ASP Nutrition


Meal Ideas

Sweet Potato Veggie Cakes with

Poached Eggs & Spinach

Ideal Match Day/Training Day

Breakfast or Snack.

Slow Digesting Carbs

Good Sources of Protein and


Dark Chocolate Fruit & Nut Bites.

High Protein Healthy Treat!

Chocolate Protein Banana & Oat Pancakes

Tasty Breakfast Filled with

Protein and Good Sources of Carbs.

Serve with Fruit, Yogurt or Both! ASP Nutrition


General Good Nutrition Habits

Stick to eating foods that don’t have ingredients listed on them. Good food should only have one ingredient! You don’t need to know what’s in fruit, vegetables and meats since you get what you see, eggs are just eggs, bananas are just bananas and chicken is just chicken!

I prefer to use the term eat food from the earth, as every food that supplied by nature has one ingredient in them! If it walks, crawls, flies, swims or grows in the ground or on trees then its good!

Drink plenty of water – two litres is a good place to start, this is much easier to achieve if you have a good water bottle you can carry around with you, as it will serve as a reminder to drink!

If you are eating well 95% of the time you are doing fine – if you have 3 meals a day and 3 snacks that’s 42 opportunities to eat well every week, 95% of 42 leaves you 2 opportunities to indulge in your guilty pleasures in a given week. But don’t feel guilty, there’s no such thing as bad foods, only bad habits! If a treat keeps you on track for 95% of the time then it’s a good thing! Don’t fall into the dreaded diet cycle!

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Supplement with vitamins and minerals where needed, especially if you are deficient. Try to get what you need from good food and fruits and vegetables. ASP Nutrition


Final pointers

Ø It is recommended that you experiment with any recommendations made before implementing them. DO NOT TEST SOMETHING OUT BEFORE A MATCH IF IT IS NEW TO YOU!!




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Ø A healthy athlete is an athlete that is less likely to get injured or sick and is much more capable of adapting to any training stimulus thrown at them as well as being able to perform better come match day. So don’t just eat for performance, eat for health and wellbeing.

Ø Some of this information may be overwhelming if you are new to this so remember focus on food quality first, then food timing! Eat one ingredient foods from the earth as much as you can as well as drinking plenty of water and sleeping well and you’ll notice a difference.

Ø For blog posts and healthy meal ideas on all things nutrition:


@ASP_Nutrition on

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Who is Adam Sullivan – The man behind ASP Nutrition

Adam is essentially a nobody (for now!) but has a huge interest in nutrition for health, wellbeing and sports performance as well as strength and conditioning, which hopefully counts for something! He is an athlete development coach at the National Athlete Development Academy (NADA), a strength and conditioning coach with Cricket Ireland and has previous experience working with the Dublin Senior Football team as an assistant to the Head of Athlete Development and the Head Performance Nutritionist. He is also completing his MSc in Exercise & Nutrition Science, has done various other mentorships, most notably EXOS phase one, and has attended many seminars/workshops to try to learn from people much smarter than him! As you can tell he loves talking about himself in the third person. He loves reading interesting stuff mainly on nutrition and more recently psychology, how to live a better life etc. oh and really, really loves sleeping! He also loves good healthy food as you will discover! But most importantly he loves people and helping people achieve their fitness, health and performance goals. ASP Nutrition


List of references

Bartlett, J.D., Hawley, J.A., Morton, J.P. (2015). Carbohydrate availability and exercise training adaptation: Too much of a good thing? European Journal of Sports Science. 15(1):3-12. doi: 10.1080/17461391.2014.920926.

Bean, A. (209) A Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition, 6th Edition, A & C Black Publishers Ltd.

Burke, L. & Deakin, V. (2007). Clinical Sports Nutrition, 3rd Edition. Mcgraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.

Halson, S.L. (2014). Sleep in Elite Athletes and Nutritional Interventions to Enhance Sleep, Sports Medicine Journal.

Morton, J. (2015). Nutrition Clinic: Fasted Training, Runners World.

Pritchett, K., Pritchett, R., & Lampretcht, M. (2013). Chocolate Milk: A post-exercise recovery beverage for endurance sports. Medicine and Sports Science. 59: 127-134.


Essential supplements

Supplement definition: “Something that’s added to the diet in order to deal with a deficiency.

Supplements only work optimally if they are used as they are defined, they should not become a staple of your diet and are only there to help add to your good diet. You can’t out-supplement a poor diet!

Sleep – sleep is often overlooked as a health benefit, it is important for recovery & adaptation so supplement if your deficient!

Water – same as sleep! drink more water to ensure adequate hydration levels if you don’t drink enough already!

Probiotics – probiotics help improve intestinal tract health and enhanced immune system to name a few. Probiotics help inhibit bad gut-bacteria and reduce this bacteria’s harmful effects. This will lead to a lot less sick days and training sessions/matches missed due to illness.

Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin, essential in a country with as much rain as Ireland! Vitamin D is essential for brain and immune function.

Fish Oils – Important for brain function and inflammation.

Protein – protein shakes are recommended, but for convenience only! Try get as much protein as you can from natural foods from the earth! ASP Nutrition  


Meal Ideas

Fruit & Nut Baked Porridge.

Ideal Match Day/Training Day Breakfast.

Slow Digesting Carbs Good Sources of

Protein and Fruit!

Smoothie with Lots of Slow Digesting Carbs and Protein. Can Be Substituted for Pre or Post Training Meal If Stuck For Time.

Grilled Pork Chop with Grilled Pineapple

Mixed Peppers and Sweet Potato Cubes.

Ideal Post Match Day/Training Day Meal.

Slow Digesting Carbs Good Sources of

Protein and Vegetables and Antioxidants.

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