The GAA would not exist without the communities we represent and serve. Every club in the Association already supports the development of its communities in a broad variety of ways, whether that's offering young people the chance to better themselves through sport or by supporting local charities through fundraising events and functions. The programs outlined in this section aim to highlight how clubs can maximize their positive influence, be that by becoming more age-friendly in engaging older members, supporting diversity and inclusion by encouraging individuals from all backgrounds, religions, sexual orientation and populations, or supporting the engagement of people with additional needs to become involved in GAA activities.
On the week of the 23rd of September 2021, the GAA invites all clubs to open their doors to the wider community and support GAA National Inclusive Fitness Day. 2021 NIFD theme is "GAA Healthy Families". #GAAClann. The event falls during the European Week of Sport (23rd – 30th September) and aims to promote sport, physical and healthy lifestyle activity to everyone regardless of age, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, nationality, or fitness level.
Inclusion means people having a sense of belonging, of being comfortable in being part of something they value. Diversity means being aware of, accommodating, and celebrating differences.
GAA Diversity and Inclusion officer Ger McTavish explains: “Inclusion is about making a difference. Inclusivity is a movement, a move to include. Being truly inclusive is living our GAA motto, ‘Where we all Belong’. “This work takes many forms. It ranges from ensuring that our policies and practices support the cultural integration and social inclusion of people from across Ireland’s diverse ethnic population, to making sure that all Gaelic games are adapted for people with different abilities.”
A simple 6 Steps process, including access to all necessary resources, has been developed for clubs interested in participating in the GAA’s National Inclusive Fitness Day, a process that will also support their journey in becoming a more inclusive club.
1. Your club must register online by September 9th here
2. Sign up to CARA Sport Inclusion Disability Charter here
3. Share the GAA inclusive club policies and resources found on this webpage in your club
4. Hold an Inclusive GAA Healthy Family Activity at your GAA Club during the week of September 23rd
5. Share a video or pictures of your activity on social using #GAABelong, #BeActive, #GAAClann
6: Receive an Inclusive GAA Club certificate to proudly display in your club.
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