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All Stars Inclusive Clubs Programme

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Inclusive Club Initiative- “All-Stars Club Program”

The Raheny All Stars established in September 2016. This very special initiative was set up for children with special needs aged 9yrs -12yrs. Their main objective was to include children that could not take part in a typical team game, assisting them with ball skills, exercise, and of course, fun and enjoyment in a safe environment. Another important goal for us was to promote the ethos of inclusion in the community and the club. The group is child-centered with an emphasis on keeping our children and young people safe when they come to our sessions. All of the coaches adhere to best practices coaching quailicaftions and are all Garda vetted, Acces NI and have received Child Protection training and completed Active Disability ireland training.

Guidelines for Inclusion in GAA Games for ALL Programs:

Start up.

  • First Point of Contact is your Juvenile Secretary if players are under the age of 18/Adult Secretary if players are over the age of 18 to communicate startup of children or Adult team. Club executive approval needed. Just an important note: If the inclusive All-stars team is a mixed team, the GAA rule book only permits male and females to participate up to and including U12.  Then the players must register with LGFA or Camogie as it currently stands.

  • Development a team, head coach, assistant coach, assistant, OT, doctors, Nurses, fire men, teachers, SNA.

  • Meetings Sessions (e.g. Brainstorm meeting, Get Commitment/ Rota/Plan)

  • Coach Ratio: 2:4 (this is HSE guidelines & Special Olympics also use this ratio)

  • Appropriate Training: Safeguarding, Vetting, Access NI, NGB coaching awards appropriate to age grade coaching.

  • Training: Active Disability Inclusion Training,

  • Optional Training: Autism in Sport, Special Olympics Ireland introduction course, Lámh, Mankato.

  • Meeting needs of Children e.g. Differentiating a coaching plan. 1:1 coaching Vs child needing less support

Case Studies

Raheny GAA All Stars

Scoil Ui Chonaill All Stars

Midleton Magpies

For more information please contact your club partipantion officer.