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Munster GAA launch Ambitious Club Development Programme

Munster GAA Club Development Programme recognises the crucial role the club plays in all aspects of the GAA. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile.

Munster GAA launch Ambitious Club Development Programme

A new and exciting programme that has been developed over the last year by the Provincial Council’s Games Development staff has been launched by Munster GAA. It is called ‘The Club Development Programme’.

This initiative is aligned with the existing club and county planning resources available within the association. This initiative recognises the crucial role the club plays in all aspects of the GAA and is designed to assist and support clubs in developing a structure that empowers volunteers, delivers appropriate coaching inputs, and enhances the club structure to cater adequately for all members. It will engage with both the adult and juvenile sections.

Munster GAA Chairman, Liam Ó Loineacháin, encouraged all County Boards and clubs to engage in the programme stating that, “It is our plan to deliver this programme to each and every club in the Province. Every club participating in this initiative will receive a minimum of three visits from Games Development personnel. However, it is vital that all sections of the club engage in the process including the adult committee, juvenile committee, coaches, administrators, and parents.”

Chairman of Munster GAA Coaching and Games Development Committee, Gearóid Ó Riain, stated that, “While the targets are ambitious, we are confident that we have the programme and the personnel to achieve our aims. Our full-time Games Development Administrators (GDAs) will work closely with other support groups in the county and province to ensure all areas of expertise on club planning are made available to the clubs throughout the programme. We are currently conducting an audit of all clubs which will provide us with the necessary information to deliver a programme that is suited to the specific needs of every club.”

The Munster GAA Club Development Programme which commences in February 2021 has also a specially adapted ‘online’ version which ensures that it can be delivered during the current COVID restrictions. 

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