The Banner GAA Club Ennis was founded in 1977 to serve the community of Ennis. In 2017 in a celebration night to mark our double winning Junior Football and Junior Hurling Championship successes we celebrated the clubs 40th anniversary. 2017 was a landmark year for the Banner GAA club in Ennis, winning Junior Hurling and Junior Football Championship successes having been beaten in 2016 in both championship finals.
Having had some barren years in noughties, the underage structures in our Ennis based Banner club took a turn for the better back in 2012 when the entire underage playing structures in Ennis were fundamentally changed. Previous to that year, there had been a juvenile Urban Board "mini" club structure in the town. In that old structure, young children played in a "mini" club town regional structure until the age of 12 and then chose their main club at that point in their GAA development.
That old urban board structure was disbanded in 2012. For the last 6+ years the children or Ennis have been welcomed at the Banner into an excellent child centred coaching structure. This structure caters for boys and girls in the town, in all age groups from Under 6, under 8 and upwards. Since that underage structural change in Ennis, more children from the town have been developing a real sense of identity and developing a long term relationship with The Banner Ennis GAA Club.
In the years since 2012, huge work has gone on in the club to invest in both the coaching structures and facilities development at the Banner in Ennis. All coaches involved in the underage structure have been formally trained to a recognised GAA coaching standard, while also having undergone all of the requisite child protection training and garda vetting procedure checks. The ethos and focus for coaching young players at the Banner is on player development. This approach recgonises that children and teenagers develop differently at different ages. In line with GAA best practice we are strive towards developing players and people that will realise their GAA playing potential as adults.
In the intervening years since the re-structuring of the underage setup, our teams in both hurling and football have had successes. In 2014 our u14 hurlers won the County Feile na nGael competition and wnet on to represent Clare in the National finals. In 2017, our various teams from U13 to adult level featured in 9 county finals. Since 2012 we have twice won the U13A Gaelic Football Garda Trophy. These are just examples of where some particular successes have been achieved.
Many of our young players have now started to have an impact on the underage Clare intercounty scene. In 2018 our underage players feature in all development squad age groups from u14 to minor level in both hurling and football codes.