Clane GAA promotes and implements a code of behaviour that encourages fair play, respect, equality and safety. The Clane GAA Code of Behaviour complements the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport and addresses the appropriate levels of behaviour, practice and conduct required from our young players, coaches, mentors, supporters, parents/ guardians and clubs.
Clane GAA has adopted the GAA code of behaviour and asks that all our players sign up to this code of conduct.
The Code of Behaviour (Underage) applies to all of the Gaelic Games Associations – GAA, Ladies Football, Camogie, Handball and Rounders.
There are individual sections below addressing unique roles and personas for
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Clane GAA has a Children’s Officer who promotes our child welfare ethos and associated codes and guidelines.
The key role of the Club Children’s Officer is to ensure the implementation and promotion of the relevant Child Welfare and Protection Codes and Guidelines for good practice so as to ensure that our young people can participate, enjoy and benefit from our Gaelic Games in safe and enjoyable surroundings.
Clane club childrens’ officer can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org
The GAA has a long-established principle of vetting any person who, on our behalf, works with children or vulnerable adults in our Association. This principle is enshrined in rule through our Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport. Further information on Garda Vetting and the application process for GAA E-Vetting please visit our dedicated web page on Garda Vetting.
In line with best practice in the recruitment and selection of persons to work with children all Clane GAA coaches and mentors are Garda vetted and are required to attend a Child Protection Workshop.
The Child Protection workshop schedule is available from the club child protection officer - email@example.com
02 Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment & Child Safeguarding Statement
03 Maintaining Good Practice & Behaviour
04 Dealing with Alleged Breaches of the Code of Behaviour
05 Recruitment & Selection of Coaches, Supervisors & other Volunteers
07 Club & County Children's Officer
08 Club & County Designated Liaison Person
09 Organising Club Activities for Underage Players
11 Dealing with Allegations or Concerns of Abuse
12 Tackling Bullying in our Club
On 11 December 2017 the remaining provisions of the Children First Act commenced in full. Most notably for the GAA our immediate requirements include adopting all provisions in relation to mandatory reporting of child abuse, ensuring the appointment of what can be termed key child safeguarding officers which include Designated Liaison Persons and
Children’s Officers at Club and County level and also appointing the Association’s Mandated Person, we must also provide certain child safeguarding training programmes and commence the process to agree a Child Safeguarding Statement for all Clubs.
For further information on Children First requirements for the GAA please see Children First Information & Guidance for GAA Clubs
You, the coach to an underage team within our club provide a positive, healthy and encouraging ethos to our young players while at the same time developing the skills levels of all players. Always encourage enjoyment and fun while ensuring meaningful participation in games and activities. and always remember that you are a role model for the players in your care.
Respect all players, give all players an opportunity to play and develop, don’t shout at or lecture players or reprimand them when they make a mistake. Children learn best through trial and error. Children and Young people should not be afraid to risk error so as to learn.
Remember you are a role model for your players!
And always remember to avoid compromising your role as a Coach/Mentor
Parents and Guardians should
Our YOUNG PLAYERS should always
Suppliers & Service Providers to the club should:
Clane GAA Club conforms with the GAA Guidelines for Concussion as an official policy of the Club. Clane GAA Club is also adopting and promoting the GAA Information Sheets on Concussion for Players, Young Players (5-18-year-old), Coaches & Parents and Referees.
If units would like education and training workshops on dealing with concussions please advise each unit secretary. The national office, and then National Committee on Player Welfare, can then respond to these requests as appropriate following notification from each unit secretary.
Concussion is a critically important player welfare issue and your co-operation to promote greater knowledge and understanding of how to deal with it would be very much appreciated.
Concussion Management Guidelines
Concussion Information for Coaches
Concussion Information Sheet for Players
Concussion Information for Players aged 8 to 18
Concussion Information Sheet for Referees
As part of your TY experience, do you want to become involved in your local GAA club and be associated with something positive and successful? As part of your TY program, Clane GAA welcomes volunteers.
Clane GAA in co-operation with Scoil Mhuire Community School is commencing a TY program for 2018 – 2019.
If you wish to participate please download and complete the application form and send to the Club Children’s Officer via eMail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Program gives students the knowledge and skills to support all roles required in the effective staging of games. Underage players are challenged to organize and run activities within the club and support the coaching of younger players in the schools and club.
Learn coaching and leadership skills leading to student personal development
Note: Dermot Earley Youth Leadership program, by application through the Kildare County Board runs every 2 years. Next program is scheduled for Sept 2019
GAA Garda Vetting
All underage coaches and mentors 16 or over must be vetted for GAA Activities. E-Vetting is available online at GAA Garda Vetting. See Garda Vetting section above.
If a child becomes lost or separated from their responsible adult, they should be accompanied to the Club House by a vetted and safeguarding trained coach or supervisor where possible. Club House staff will contact a member of the Club Executive Committee and / or the Club Children's Officer.
If you discover that a child has gone missing from the Clane GAA grounds, contact An Gardí without delay. You must also contact the Club Children's Officer or another member of the Club Executive Committee, but only after contacting the An Gardí.
Clane GAA Club Resources – Policies & Procedures
Communications and Social Media
Policy on Contacting Underage Players
Clane GAA Player Injury Policy
Coaches/Mentors please complete the form for all injuries and notify the referee at end of the game about any injury to any players as he will need to report it to County Board.
All claims are required to be reported to the insurance company within 60 days of the injury by completing the claim form available from the club secretary.
GAA Policies and Guidelines
Updated Official GAA Social Media Guidelines (2019)
Updated Official GAA Social Media Guide - Go To Guide (2019)
Underage Coach GAA Activity Planner