Jumpers For Goalposts (J4G)

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 7 June 2022

Jumpers For Goalposts (J4G)

Where it all began
Jumpers For Goalposts (J4G) was established in 2019.  It is a volunteer-run movement that encourages men of different ages, ethnicities, backgrounds and abilities to come together for an old-fashioned game of football using ‘jumpers for goalposts’.

The idea is the brainchild of Dublin based mental health activist Keith Kelly. It followed the success of a poem and video he created for World Mental Health Week back in 2018.

In the poem Keith talks about his fond memories of a life lived outdoors, away from mobile phones and computer games.  Large groups would throw down their jumpers to make goal posts and spend the day playing football together.

The video attracted a huge response.  Keith got thinking about the possibility of recreating that experience in the form of a casual Sunday morning game of football in his native Ballybrack.

Something special

What followed was the beginning of something special. Approximately 65 men in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s responded.  All were keen to come together, have a laugh, and enjoy a bit of fresh air and community spirit without taking themselves too seriously.

Many of them hadn’t seen each other in years. Some had been through big hardships including depression, bereavement, illness, addiction, separation and more.   But all had the same goal – to get out and about and enjoy a bit of craic through social connection.

Players could choose to play for just a few minutes, or for an entire match. The main thing was to keep it lighthearted, inclusive, non-competitive, and enjoyable for all.

Before Covid the idea had grown and flourished.  When restrictions and lockdowns were put in place, we attempted to keep the J4G flag flying with alternative online productions.  You can watch some of those projects on our J4G Media page.

Jumpers for Goalposts is keen to get back out and about, encouraging people to come together for chats, laughs and a little bit of non-competitive football.

More information check out https://www.jumpersforgoalposts.ie/