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Our Partners


Partnerships are essential to the GAA’s Community & Health section. Appropriate partners are one of the four key building blocks that make up the foundation of a healthy club and a healthy association (along with suitable plans, activities, and the club itself). 

Identifying and selecting appropriate partners is essential. Successful partnerships are based on a consistency of values, integrity, transparency, and the capacity of all involved to support one and others’ goals in a mutually beneficial manner. 

In identifying appropriate partners with which to work, as highlighted in our Club Health & Wellbeing Officers (HWO) training, we first recommend looking inwards. The club executive, coaches, parents, players, sponsors are all partners that a Healthy Club or HWO can work with in order to achieve mutually identifiable and beneficial goals. External partners will vary depending on a club’s location and needs, and the community and statutory agencies and groups in that community. 

At national level the GAA’s Community & Health Department is approached each year by a large number of entities seeking to engage in a variety of partnerships. Those selected will reflect the values and goals of the Association and the principles of a good partnership as outlined above (for more information and guidance on partnerships read this document prepared by our National Health & Wellbeing Committee.)

 

Our existing partners include:

 

Healthy Ireland

Health Service Executive (HSE)

Irish Life

National Office for Suicide Prevention

Public Health Agency

(All of the above support the GAA Healthy Club Project)

 

Samaritans - Our mental health partners

 

We also partner with the following entities and campaigns to support mutual areas of work:

 

Foróige

National University of Ireland, Galway

(The Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative and Youth Development)

 

HSE’s #littlethings emotional wellbeing campaign and the PHA’s 5 Ways to Wellbeing - Mental Fitness

 

St. Angela’s College - Healthy Eating 

 

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service - Community Development

 

Get Ireland Walking - Physical Activity

 

The Irish Defence Force - Critical Incident Response

 

An Garda Siochana and Police Service of Northern Ireland - Road Safety

 

The RNLI - Water Safety

 

Movember and the Men’s Health Forum - Men’s Health 

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