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Playing in club when you have social disabilities

  • 03-01-2018 11:30pm
    Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 1,074 ✭✭✭ LoughNeagh2017

    I've posted this on other sites but it never got a reply, maybe it is too strange a topic.

    If you are a person on the Autistic spectrum, or have Social Anxiety Disorder or a similar type of mental problem playing in teams can be very difficult, it is something that the average person can't really imagine, even walking into the changing room full of people is daunting.

    It is hard to build relationships with the other players, things can be ok in regards to the football but the close friendship ties aren't there because you can't hold much of a conversation with them or their banter, you end up being an outsider.

    I left football when I was was a teenager 10 years ago as I didn't fit in, I had some friends however they all left so I was left alone and was an outsider in the group.

    My question is if any of you know of any similar situations of socially inept men playing in adult GAA clubs?


  • Registered Users Posts: 210 ✭✭ LMK

    I don't.
    But it difficult to tell, I know someone with quiet similar story that struggled fitting into an underage team in a social way, he gave the sport up eventually. I knew that he was struggling to integrate but I don't think everyone else involved was aware of it.. sometimes I felt if he kept on persevering his characteristics would be accepted as normal within the group but it was a struggle.