Welcome to the GAA Youthzone!
The GAA National Youth Committee is planning a series of workshops and events throughout 2014 which will be incorporated into an overall Youth Consultation Programme #GAAyouth (www.gaa.ie/youth-zone).
The purpose of the Programme is to work with young people (aged 15 - 19) to address these two questions:
- Do young people in the GAA currently have their voices heard in their clubs, at county level and at national level?
- How would young people in the GAA like to have their voices heard in their clubs, at county level and at national level?
Recently the GAA held the first every Youth Consultation Day on Saturday 14th June in Croke Park. The day was organised in partnership with the Department of Children & Youth Affairs and the overall theme for the day was ‘#GAAyouth - have your voice heard’.
A total of 101 GAA Youth Ambassadors between the ages of 15 and 19 participated on the day and 29 counties were represented by 64 boys and 37 girls in total. The young people came from clubs all over the country but despite their different backgrounds they worked together to identify issues of importance to young people in the GAA:
- 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
Based upon voting three key recommendations were made on the day:
- CLUB: All men and women's Club Championship Finals should be played in the County Ground
- COUNTY: To have a youth representative at County Board level
- NATIONAL: That everyone is under the same umbrella organisation with equal representation of ladies and other GAA sports on the national committee
The whole programme will culminate in a brainstorming session in September 2014 and after this event the Ambassadors will receive a certificate in recognition of their participation in the programme.
If you are aged 15 - 19 and you would be interested in becoming a GAA Youth Ambassador, please contact Caoimhe Ní Néill (firstname.lastname@example.org; 01 865 8622)
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