#GAAyouth Forum 2019
The GAA continues to lead the way in ensuring that young people are actively consulted and engaged with on important issues through the annual #GAAyouth Forum. Now in it’s sixth year, the 2019 #GAAyouth Forum will take place on Saturday 26th October in Croke Park with more than 400 young players from all 32 Counties in Ireland participating in the event, which is held in partnership with Sky Sports.
2018 witnessed the successful introduction of a Youth Congress for the 16+ age-group and the feedback provided via the Youth Congress had a direct impact upon GAA Congress 2019. John Horan (Uachtarán, CLG) said: “At the #GAAyouth Forum 2018, young players were asked to share their thoughts and cast votes in relation to a range of different items.
One of items debated at the Youth Congress was whether the age that boys and girls are allowed play on the same team should be raised from U.12 to U.13 age-grade. 67% of the participants in the Youth Congress voted against this item.
“This same issue formed the basis of a motion to GAA Congress in February 2019. The feedback from the young players was presented to GAA Congress and as a direct result this motion was withdrawn. This shows how the #GAAyouth Forum provides an opportunity for young people to influence the key decision-makers within the Association.”
The Youth Congress will be held again at the 2019 #GAAyouth Forum with John Horan (Uachtarán, CLG), Marie Hickey (Uachtarán, Cumann Peil na mBan) and Kathleen Woods (Uachtarán, An Cumann Camógaíochta) in attendance.
Additional activities include: a Consultation about how the three Associations can reduce drop-off; a workshop on the importance of Respect in Gaelic Games led by David Gough (GAA Inter-County referee); a keynote session by Keith Higgins (Mayo dual star) and Ciara Trant (Dublin LGFA goalkeeper) about the importance of resilience in young people’s lives; and a behind the scenes workshop with Sky Sports Ambassadors Jamesie O’Connor (Sky Sports analyst), Damian Lawlor (Sky Sports journalist) and Ruaidhrí O’Connor (Sky Sports producer).
The Forum will conclude with a Q&A Panel – hosted by Damian Lawlor - with Sky Sports Ambassador Podge Collins who will join Ciara Trant, Martina McMahon and Caitríona Cormican to answer questions on a range of issues of interest to young players
The Forum is hosted by the National Youth Committee in partnership with An Cumann Camógaíochta, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) and GAA Handball.
However, the format, structure and organisation of the Forum is led by the GAA YouthReps, which is a representative body of 30 young people from across Ireland who are committed to ‘acting for, speaking with and listening to’ young players in order to represent their views to the highest levels of the GAA, Camogie Association & LGFA.
For further information on the Forum and associated activities see www.gaa.ie/gaayouth.