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#GAAyouth - Update on the 2016 Forum and Applications to become a Youth Rep

The #GAAyouth Forum took place on Saturday 29th October in Croke Park. 200 young players (aged 12 - 21 years old) from 29 Counties were present on the day.

As part of the Forum young players received an opportunity to participate in a range of activities including:  

  • Exhibition Zone: Interactive demos about everything from preparing healthy lunches to hurley care and repair!
  • Respect & Sportsmanship: David Gough (Senior Inter-County Referee) did an interactive session about the importance of respectful communication both on and off the pitch. Delegates got an opportunity to see a game through the eyes of a Referee with the help of recorded video clips between Referees and Players!
  • Getting the Balance Right: Alan O'Mara (Founder of RealTalks) and Rory O'Connor (Rory's Stories) teamed up to deliver a highly engaging and entertaining workshop about the challenges facing young players as they try to juggle study, sport and multiple team managers! Some great tips and advice were delivered by the experts. 
  • Free-Taking Master Class: A real highlight of the day was the free-taking master class which took place on the pitch. Damian Lawlor acted as MC as he interviewed Cora Staunton, Diarmuid Murtagh, Kate Kelly and Conor Cooney about their free-taking techniques. The Inter-County players also chatted about their experiences and gave an insight into the worst and best frees of their playing careers.
  • Understanding Addiction: Justin Campbell (Addiction Counsellor and former Galway hurler) joined forces with Oisin McConville (Addiction Counsellor and All-Ireland Club and Inter-County winner) to help the young players to understand the signs, symptoms and impact of addiction with a particular focus on Gambling.
  • Injury Prevention & Recovery: Julie Davis (Chartered Physiotherapist and High Performance Manager with Armagh GAA) led a practical session showcasing exercises to help injury prevention and recovery in the Hogan Dressing Rooms. 
  • Q&A: At the end of the day all of the speakers gathered to answer the young players' questions on a number of topics.

Players left the Forum having learned invaluable tips and tools that will help them to develop as a player and as a person. 

The Youth Committee is now looking for 4 attendees at the Forum to become Youth Reps for 2017. The role of the Youth Reps is to act and speak on behalf of young players in the Association. In this role they are expected to meet around 6 times annually. Their responsibilities include delivering a report on the #GAAyouth Forum at GAA Congress, setting the agenda for the annual #GAAyouth Forum in 2017 and selecting two projects to work on throughout the year. 

How to Apply to become a GAA Youth Rep

If you are 16 to 21 years old and want to become a GAA Youth Rep please prepare and submit a short 3 minute presentation or video explaining:

a) what the GAA means to you;

b) why you should be chose to represent the delegates of the 2016 #GAAyouth Forum.

Please email your submission along with details of your name, age, club and county to Caoimhe by Friday 18th November [caoimhe.nineill@gaa.ie]


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