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#GAAyouth Forum 2018 - Youth Congress and Becoming a YouthRep

The annual #GAAyouth Forum in partnership with Sky Sports took place on Saturday 27th October in Croke Park.

Hosted by the 2 Johnnie's, the Forum was a real success with a mix of exhibitions, talks, workshops and Q&A panels attended by over 400 young people (aged 12 - 21).

Youth Congress

As part of the 2018 Youth Forum, a Youth Congress took place with the 16+ age-group. Chaired by Diarmuid Cahill, with a top table comprising of John Horan (President of the GAA), Kathleen Woods (President of the Camogie Association) and Dominic Leech (President of the Leinster Council of the LGFA), the Congress gave 150 young players the opportunity to discuss and vote on issues of importance within Gaelic Games.

A full report will issue shortly but some of the outcomes were as follows:

  • 81% voted that the Féile age-grade should remain at U.14;
  • 80% voted that there should be a tiered Championship competition for Inter-County Minor Football and 91% voted that there should be a tiered Championship competition for Inter-County Senior Football;
  • 70% reported that their coaches/managers do not explain the Playing Rules of the game to them as part of their regular training sessions;
  • 67% stated that they had experienced verbal abuse from a coach/coaches.


The GAA Youth Committee is currently accepting applications to become a GAA YouthRep. The role of the YouthReps is to speak and act on behalf of young people. The YouthReps help to organise the Youth Forum annually as well as liaising with the Youth Committee to develop and implement a 3-year action plan. If you are interested in becoming a YouthRep please submit a 250 word essay explaining why you think you are suitable for the position to Caoimhe Ní Néill (caoimhe.nineill@gaa.ie) by Friday 16th November.

For further information please contact Caoimhe Ní Néill - caoimhe.nineill@gaa.ie (01 865 8622).

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