ABOUT KUWAIT HARPS GAA CLUB
The Kuwait Harps is a Gaelic Football club now in its second spell having been originally founded in 1997 and reformed in 2011. The ladies' football team was established for the first time in 2013. This season we are undergoing a period of growth. Club membership is at an all time high, with two ladies' and two men's teams.
Gaelic Football is a field sport with Irish heritage that combines the skill of traditional football (soccer) with elements of basketball,volleyball and Australian football. Originating in Ireland, Gaelic football has quickly gained in popularity in the last few years with competitions now held throughout the globe. Ladies Gaelic Football, in particular, is recognised as one of the fastest growing female sports in Europe
The Kuwait Harps are affiliated with the Middle East County Board and participate in the Middle East Gaelic Football League. Tournaments attended by the Kuwait Harps include the Bahrain Irish Festival, the Dubai Duty Free Gaelic Games, and tournaments in Oman, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Al Ain and Qatar. The Kuwait Harps have held several titles throughout the years and won in many divisions such as the Asian Gaelic Games, Men's Intermediate Championships and Ladies' Intermediate Division, just to name a fiew.
We are a club focused on providing superb training and skills in the field of Gaelic football. In conjunction to this, the Kuwait Harps is a social outlet for expats new to Kuwait with social events, tournaments, training sessions and outings running through the year. New players are always welcome and immediately feel at home within the club. The majority of our players come from all over the world, and for a lot of new Harps, this season was their first time kicking a football. The majority of our current squads were actually new to Gaelic Games when they first arrived in Kuwait and have been welcomed with open arms.
While many clubs in the Gulf region can depend on a strong pool of Irish players, this is not the case in Kuwait. While a core of the club may be Irish, it relies heavily on the support of players from the international expat community. There are currently over 60 players in the club, with over 12 countries represented. Included on our player panel are several local Kuwaiti players as well as players from Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Spain, Egypt, Germany, Canada, USA, Australia, Sudan and Somalia. The wide diversity of player nationalities demonstrates the global appeal of this game in Kuwait, something that we as a club are very proud of.
The Kuwait Harps GAA club holds weekly training sessions for both men and women on Tuesdays and Fridays and competes primarily in tournaments based in the Gulf Region. Our season runs from September through May and we are always welcome to new players! Stop by one of our training sessions or send us a message for more info!