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The GAA National Youth Committee is currently running a Youth Consultation Programme - #GAAyouth. The #GAAyouth programme looks at how young people can have a say on decisions that affect them as GAA members.

The GAA has formed a partnership with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), who are the national experts in making sure that children and young people are respected and have a say in decisions about the things they do in their daily lives.

If you know of any ideas or initiatives in your Club or County that help young people to have their say as GAA members please contact Caoimhe – or 01 865 8622. All ideas are welcome!

#GAAyouth Consultation Day – June 2014

As part of the #GAAyouth Programme a Consultation Day was held with young people in June 2014. To hear the thoughts of the young people on the day click here or on the video above.

On the day, the young people present focused in on a number of key questions, including:

  • What does ‘having your voice heard’ mean to young people in the GAA?
  • What helps young people to have their voice heard in their clubs, counties and at national level?
  • What stops young people from having their voice heard in their clubs, counties and at national level?
  • What are the key issues in the GAA that young people want to have a say on?
  • How would young people like to have their voice heard going forward - what new and improved ideas do young people have to make sure their voices are heard?

A total of 101 GAA Youth Ambassadors between the ages of 15 and 19 participated in the Youth Consultation Day in Croke Park, with 29 counties represented by a total of 64 young men and 37 young women in total.

People came from clubs all over the country, and despite their different backgrounds, they worked together to identify issues of importance to young people in the GAA such as;

  • The importance of getting young people involved as coaches, referees, fundraisers, committee members
  • The importance of explaining how the Association works and the GAA playing rules in a simple manner that everybody can understand!
  • The need to talk to young people when planning fixtures and training schedules so that matches don’t clash with exams or with other commitments;
  • Young people deserve to have quality coaches who are well-trained and listen to them
  • Young people need at least one person or body who will listen to young people at club, county and national level

A report highlighting all the key issues and outcomes was also prepared by the young people – click here to download.

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