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Welcome to the March edition of the GAA Club Nuachtlitir.
Congratulations to the four teams involved in the AIB GAA All-Ireland Senior Club Finals in Croke Park on St. Patrick’s Day. Both matches were keenly contested with Loughgiel Shamrocks claiming the Hurling crown and Garrycastle and Crossmaglen Rangers needing a replay on March 31 to determine who brings home the Andy Merrigan Cup.
We would ask clubs to pay particular attention to information about player injury scheme registrations and the registration of players and members. The deadline date for registrations in all instances is tomorrow. We would also encourage all club officers to communicate to members that a decision of Ard Chomhairle recently made it compulsory for all players to obtain insurance cover from the GAA before a sanction to the U.S.A. or Canada can be granted. Further details below.
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Sanctions – Insurance now Required
GAA players who are travelling to the U.S.A. or Canada for the summer must receive a sanction to allow them play on a temporary basis with clubs in these areas. A decision of Ard Chomhairle recently made it compulsory for all players to obtain insurance cover from the GAA before a sanction to the U.S.A. or Canada can be granted.
This insurance cover costs €40 and sanctions will no longer be processed going forward unless this insurance has been purchased, and receipt of purchase is submitted with a sanction application.
Therefore, players who wish to receive a sanction to the U.S.A. or Canada (or a weekend authorisation in the case of New York) will need to purchase this sanction insurance at www.gaa.ie/sanctioninsurance where the €40 fee can be paid by Laser, Visa or Mastercard.
After completion the player will receive a receipt by email. If the sanction request is submitted by post, this receipt must be printed out and attached to the request; alternatively if the sanction is submitted by email this receipt must accompany the sanction form.
Where an individual is not in a position to register online, postal or money orders to the value of €40 can be attached to postal requests.
Requests for sanctions should be sent to email@example.com, by fax to 01-8658650 or by post to Stephen Browne, Croke Park, Dublin 3.
DEADLINE for Registration of Members and Player Injury Scheme
The March 31st deadline for registration of members on the online registration system is approaching. Please note that clubs are asked to register all of their Full and Youth members and players on this system. This system is also used for the registration of teams to the player injury scheme.
In accordance with GAA rule, only Full members who have their fees paid and are registered before March 31st, or on an earlier date as stipulated by their club, have a vote at any club meeting in the following membership year, which begins on April 1st.
Please note that a helpline is available until 10pm Monday to Friday and from 9am to 5pm on Saturday to assist registrars with any queries relating to the online system. The number to call is 048-90313845 from the 26 counties or 028-90313845 from the 6 counties. Clubs can also email firstname.lastname@example.org. The system address is people.gaa.ie/admin.
Player Injury Scheme
The deadline for completion of the registration of teams to the player injury scheme and payment of the player injury scheme fee is also March 31st. Registration of teams is also completed on the online registration system at people.gaa.ie/admin. Please note that clubs who have not paid their subscriptions will not have claims submitted processed by Willis and will not qualify for the rebate payment or entry into the screening and fitness testing draw.
2012 Sports Capital Grant Programme
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport are now seeking applications from sports organisations, clubs, community groups, schools, VECs, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities for the development of sports facilities and/or the purchase of sports equipment. Special priority will be given to the development of facilities in disadvantaged areas.
For GAA clubs interested in applying for a grant, application forms and a guide to applying are available at the Department's Website at http://www.dttas.ie/sport/unit1.aspx, by phoning (064)6627353 or from:
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Sports Capital Unit,
New Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry.
The deadline for receipt of completed paper applications is 5pm on Friday, May 11, 2012. This deadline is extended until 5pm on Friday June 1, 2012 for online applications and applications made in Irish.
2012 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps Launched
The 2012 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps was officially launched in Croke Park on Tuesday, March 27. Almost half a million children between 6 and 12 years of age have participated in GAA Cúl Camps in the last six years. The event also marked a new three-year sponsorship between the Kellogg Company of Ireland and the GAA.
Research published at the event revealed that Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps are the most popular summer camps selected annually by Irish parents. 41 per cent of parents who plan to send their children to a summer camp say that they will opt for a Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp this year, while 27 per cent of parents will opt for a soccer camp, with swimming (23 per cent) and rugby (10 per cent), selected as other popular options.
In celebration of the new partnership, promotional packs of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Kellogg’s Rice Krispies will feature a unique code, which can be used online by parents to receive a €5 discount off the fee of €55 for the 2012 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps. The unique codes will be printed on the inside of promotional packs, available in stores from mid-April to August 2012 and one code can be used per child, per registration, to avail of the €5 discount. Parents, simply log on to www.gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps
to avail of this discount. Further discounts are available to families that register more than one child for a 2012 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp, making them one of the most affordable national summer camps.
To find out more about Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps or to register your child, visit the official website at www.gaa.ie/kelloggsculcamps.
GAA Games Development Conference Presentations Online
The video and PowerPoint presentations from the GAA Games Development Conference 2012 held in Croke Park on January 14 are now online and available at http://www.gaa.ie/coaching-and-games-development/games-development-conference-2011/.
Highlights of this year's conference included internationally recognised sports scientist Dr. Jean Cote speaking on the conference title topic of 'Coaching Youth: Meeting the Challenge, Raising our Games'.
Eamon Ryan and Paudie O'Neill spoke on 'Organising purposeful games based activities - A Practical Demonstration' in Football and Hurling respectively and Dr. Mark Rowe on 'A new understanding on Player Development'.
The conference saw almost 700 delegates from Ireland and overseas attend the event.
Motions for 2012 Congress
An Chomhdháil Bhliantúil 2012 takes place this year in Killenard, Laois from April 13-14. A full list of the proposed motions at the GAA Annual Congress 2012 can be found at www.gaa.ie or by clicking here.
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There has been much publicity in recent weeks highlighting the important role defibrillators can play in sports clubs. The GAA provides the Samaritan PAD defibrillator for its clubs at the special price of €1075 through Heartsafety Solutions. Please contact Heartsafety Solutions on 1850-432-787 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on what is a guaranteed Irish product.
Keeping club members trained in the use of defibrillators is as important as having a defibrillator in the first place. The Irish Heart Foundation website is a good resource for training information. It lists different providers around the country and can be found at http://www.irishheart.ie/iopen24/affiliated-training-sites-t-9_255.html. In addition, Heartsafety Solutions provide training at a very competitive rate and can be contacted at the number listed above.
Gradaim an Uachtaráin 2012
The GAA confirmed the 17 winners of the Gradaim an Uachtaráin 2012 / 2012 President’s Awards at a special Croke Park banquet on March 16 last.
The annual winners are honoured as long standing GAA volunteers who have served the Association with distinction in their chosen field over a prolonged period.
The recipients who have been chosen by Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana have been drawn from across all strands of the Association and represent all codes and disciplines from the wider GAA family.
The winners were as follows:
Brian Finnegan, Dunbur Road, Wicklow; Tommy Nally, Carbury, Kildare
Dr. Con Murphy; John Currivan
Tommy Bates; Josie Doohan
Paddy Galvin; Paddy Muldoon
Sheila Spillane, Killeagh Camogie Club
Alice Clarke, Bagenalstown, Carlow
Séamus O’Sullivan, Australia
The Fitzhenry Family
SOCIAL INITIATIVE AWARD
Rosemount GAA Club
For more information on the awards and biographies from each winner, please click here.
‘Off the Booze & On the Ball’ - Provincial club winners announced
Over 250 clubs registered for the Association’s inaugural ‘Off the Booze and On the Ball’ health challenge, with an estimated 3,000 participants taking up the ‘Pint Sized Challenge’ of abstaining from alcohol for the month of January.
The initiative was driven by the Association’s Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Programme – a joint initiative with the HSE that aims to reduce the harm caused by the misuse of alcohol and other substances.
The four provincial winning clubs – Currin, Monaghan; Erin’s Isle, Dublin; Midleton, Cork; and Kinvara, Galway – were in Croke Park on Wednesday, March 21, to celebrate their successful participation in the event and to receive details of their prize – a training session with a high performance coach or sports nutritionist.
All clubs that registered at www.gaa.ie/asap were in with a chance of winning. The Currin club’s 15 participants raised a total of €2,057.50 and used it to buy training gear including new footballs, training bids, water bottles and tackle bags. In the Kinvara Club, the U16 hurlers took the lead from their seniors who took up the ‘Pint Sized Challenge’ and decided to go ‘Off the Fizz and On the Ball’ by giving up fizzy drinks for the month. Their panel of 19 members alone raised €802.
Colin Regan, National Coordinator of the ASAP programme, said: “Our aim with ‘Off the Booze and On the Ball’ was to enhance the health promotion our clubs already engage in, week in week out. We hope it will become a part of the annual GAA calendar and that even more clubs will take up the challenge next year.”
GAA Post Primary School Strategy
Cristóir Ó Cuana, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael and Cathaoirleach Comhairle Iarbhunscoileanna, Ailbeart Ó Fallún recently launched the GAA Post Primary Schools Strategy 2012-2014.
For a copy of the strategy, please click here.
Join the Croke Park Team – Recruiting Voluntary Stewards
Croke Park Stadium is currently recruiting voluntary stewards to work on match day and for other selected events. To be part of the match day action and hosting of concert events, the following are required:
• Aged 18-55 years (Section 18.13, Code of Practice for Safety at Sports Grounds)
• Available at weekends
• Active and enthusiastic
• Customer focused
An interest in the GAA is essential. Applications can be sent via the online application form or details can be sent to email@example.com.
For more information, please visit www.crokepark.ie.
Príomh Ticket Exchange
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Purchase up to four tickets per match where available. All tickets are sold online through your own personal login.
Receive a Príomh Welcome Pack, be in with a chance with monthly competitions and receive regular email newsletters. For more information visit www.crokepark.ie/priomh or email firstname.lastname@example.org.