GAA Press Release
5 November 2010
GAA to develop 'One Club Model' at Club Level
The GAA, along with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association and the Camogie Association, has confirmed its intention to develop a 'One Club Model' to oversee the organisation and promotion of all Gaelic Games under single administrative units at club level.
In recent weeks the management committees of both governing bodies agreed to support an initiative that will see clubs charged with the responsibility of organising the various games of the GAA in a cohesive and co-ordinated manner.
Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana lauded both national governing bodies for their support of a process that he believes will further strengthen ties between all of the Association's playing codes.
He said: "This is an important process and the commitment we have received from both the Camogie Association and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association is a significant one.
"I have visited scores of clubs over the course of the last 18 months and what has been agreed to in this initiative is in fact taking place in many of our clubs across the length and breadth of the country already.
"The next logical step is to try and formalise the co-operation between the codes at club level and the best way to attempt to do this is through the ready made invaluable network that our clubs provide.
"The vast majority of people, both within and outside the Association, view us as being members of the same family and this plan will further strengthen that perception ensuring that we remain the most inclusive, community-based sporting organisation in the country."
The GAA President confirmed that Munster Council Chairman Seán Walsh will chair a committee responsible for the development of a framework that will assist in the roll out of the 'One Club Model'.
Joan O'Flynn, Uachtarán Chumann Camógíochta welcomed the plan.
She said: "This initiative makes sense. It is already the case that, where Camogie is integral to the local GAA club, the overall club grows and flourishes.
"The family and community base of the club is bigger. Club and community identity is stronger. Club unity is stronger and people work together on fixtures, coaching and games development, children's welfare, fundraising and so on. This approach combines the strengths of Camogie and the GAA at club level and consolidates the connections between us".
Pat Quill, Uachtarán, Cumann Peile Gael na mBan said - "There are Ladies Gaelic Football Clubs throughout the Country who are fully integrated, some are looking for guidelines on how to develop a single structure, whilst others work closely with their GAA Club.
"With the continued growth in playing numbers and membership of all of the Associations - the examination of the feasibility of a 'One Club Model' to assist our volunteers in our Clubs and the promotion of inclusiveness in the Gaelic Games family is of utmost importance".
The remit of the committee is focussed at supporting a single club unit at club level only.
The Associations will continue to have separate administrative structures at County, Provincial and Nationals levels whilst continuing to maintain high levels of co-operation.
The new committee will commence work immediately and will be expected to complete the first phase of its work by February 2011.
Launch of GAA Games Development Conference 2010
Conference Theme: Coaching Children: Building a Platform for Lifelong Involvement in Gaelic games
Some of the top names in Gaelic Games coaching will be involved in the GAA’s annual National Games Development Conference – “Coaching Children: Building a Platform for Lifelong Involvement in Gaelic games” – which will take place on Saturday December 4th, in Croke Park. This is the 8th annual Conference, and aims to address issues related to the underage player that are of most concern and interest to members of the GAA community. Run as a partnership between all of the Gaelic games Associations, and sponsored by Lucozade Sport, the conference will offer the 450 delegates attending an opportunity to access talks relating to key coaching issues in hurling/camogie, Gaelic football/Ladies Gaelic football, Handball and Rounders.
Mickey Whelan of Dublin, who will be joined by Professor Niall Moyna, Dublin City university,, DJ Carey and Paudie Butler (National Hurling Development Coordinator) will be among the speakers during the event, while Des Ryan (IRFU Fitness Education Manager), and Jim White (Author and Journalist) will provide a unique perspective on coaching issues currently affecting Gaelic games. Head of Physical Education at Marino Institute of Education, Caitríona Cosgrave, will address issues relating to the development of Gaelic games through the Primary School Physical Education curriculum, Bruce Wadrop (Waterford Institute of Technology) will present on ‘Fuelling Our Play’ and a host of diverse topics will be addressed by an impressive range of speakers including Liam O’Neill (Chairman of the National Games Development Committee), Edward Coughlan (Liverpool John Moores University) and Cavan footballer Nicholas Walsh.
Launching the Conference, Árd Stiurthóir, Páraic Ó Dufaigh siad ‘”The central theme of this year’s Conference will emphasise the importance of the child player within the family of Gaelic games. Ensuring that all players in our Clubs and Primary Schools, regardless of their level of ability are provided with the opportunities to develop is a key component of what the GAA is all about and I’m looking forward to hearing from a number of the expert speakers on how this can be achieved. We are committed to developing this area in conjunction with our sister Associations, Camogie, Handball, Ladies Gaelic football and Rounders, each of which contributes to the overall development of our players”
Supporting the Conference for the third successive year, Siobhán Glennon, Lucozade Sport said: “We are delighted to be involved in this important event once again. As with all such Lucozade Sport sponsorships, the initiative underlines our commitment to the promotion of healthy, balanced lifestyles throughout Ireland and it celebrates our passion for Gaelic sport. The GAA has brought together an impressive line up of experts for this Conference and I am confident that together, we can make a real difference”. Reflecting the partnership approach in the organisation of this years Conference, Sinéad Ó Connor (Árd Stiurthóir, Camogie), Tony Hannon (President, GAA Handball0, Pat Quill (President, Ladies Gaelic Football Association), Joe O’Donoghue (President, Rounders Association) and Margaret Cunningham (Chair, Cumann na mBunscol Náisiúnta) were also in attendance.
The list of speakers represents the most impressive gathering of individuals involved with coaching and games development ever assembled for an event of this nature and there is already massive interest in the conference. In addition to a comprehensive conference speaker programme, delegates will also be given the opportunity to view practical demonstrations of each of the Gaelic games delivered by expert coaches including Damien Coleman (Connacht Hurling Development Manger), Caroline Murray (Galway Senior Camogie team), William Harmon (Ladies Gaelic Football Regional Development Officer), John Dillon (Kerry Junior Football Manager), Owen Mooney and Teresa McGirr (both Fermanagh). This will form part of an extensive purpose built demonstration area within the Davin Stand.
The cost of attending is €50 and further information on registering to attend the conference can be obtained by phone at 01-8658625, by emailing email@example.com or at www.gaa.ie.