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:
Health Service Executive (HSE)
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:
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