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  • Provincial Council for Britain in Association with Ulster GAA WELCOME Strategic Review and Action Plan
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  • Chair of GAA Council for Britain Welcome
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  • Ulster GAA Purpose of the Day
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  • OUTCOMES FOR THE SESSION 10.10am OUTCOMES FOR THE SESSION By the end of the day we will have worked to develop A clearer understanding and appreciation of the challenges that the GAA in Britain face moving forward. An appreciation of the need to work together as a Team in Britain. A recognition of the need to deliver on the Strategic Vision in Britain and the degree of the dependency on Ulster GAA. A strategic framework and action plan that will empower volunteers in the delivery of coaching, games, refereeing, administration and governance.
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  • Rules of Engagement Opinions valued No put downs Open Mind Listen... Listen Communicate concisely Achieve an action plan Outside box Blue sky thinking Consider how we deliver
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  • Why does Britain need an Action Plan 1.Allows the Province/ County/ Club to go in same direction 2.Allows Members to understand the aspirations 3.Your input - creates Ownership & Identity 4.Identifies Goals & Focus for your activity 5.Assists with the recruitment of new members 6.Helps identify obstacles and ways to negotiate them 7.Allows Ulster the opportunity to plan support 8.Assist with budgeting for support what is realistic 9.Helps to move towards Sports Council recognition
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  • to have Gaelic games and related GAA activities embedded in sustainable ways in the community and sporting fabric of Britain An Bhratach in Airde sa Bhreatain is not an action plan. It is instead a framework for the way ahead. p7
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  • It will do that by: 1.building and developing its organisational capacity 2.strengthening the GAA Club; County and Provincial infrastructure 3.developing Gaelic games in schools and Third Level institutions 4.emphasising the cultural and heritage aspects of the Association 5.promoting the GAA and its work positively and consistently 6.securing the resources needed to deliver this work 7.maintaining strong links with the GAA in Ireland. The mission of the GAA in Britain is to provide the leadership and support needed to help achieve that vision.
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  • to have Gaelic games and related GAA activities embedded in sustainable ways in the community and sporting fabric of Britain An Bhratach in Airde sa Bhreatain is not an action plan. It is instead a framework for the way ahead. p7
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  • 10.30am Provincial Council for Britain- Core Values: Guiding Principles Inclusion, open and welcome Irish Identity and role of Games Community and Place Sense of Purpose ????? BRITAIN GAA CORE VALUES to have Gaelic games and related GAA activities embedded in sustainable ways in the community and sporting fabric of Britain 1.inclusiveness, being open and welcoming to all 2.the Irish identity and the role of Gaelic games in it 3.the strong underpinnings of the GAA that are based in community and in place 4.the sense of purpose and belonging that the GAA offers.
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  • An Bhratach in Airde sa Bhreatain 2007-2012 Structures and Governance The Games Schools and Colleges Grounds & Physical Development Promotion and Marketing Relationship with Ireland Resources and Finances what we have learned Handout
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  • Recommendations: Structures and Governance 1.Retain the current Province/County/Club structure and associated roles/remits 2.Seek a derogation from the five year officer rule until 2010 in Britain 3.Put in place a Feile 2012 Planning Committee 4.Provide structured Officer (Chairs; Secretaries; Treasurers; and PROs) and management training at County and Club levels 5.Train facilitators in to deliver the Comhairle programme 6.Use the twinning arrangement with Ulster to help roll out the Cumann Maith accreditation process (at Club and County levels), under national GAA guidance 7.Appoint, on a three/five year contract, a Director for the British Council 8.Appoint, on three-year contracts, Development Officers who will work to clear job descriptions, covering the full GAA spectrum from administration to coaching 9.Host a biennial Club Forum, rotated around, to discuss strategic issues; improve GAA net- working; and maintain an overview of the implementation of this Strategy 10.Use ICT to help combat the distance issues in 11.Develop structures and arrangements which will accommodate the full family of Gaelic games, for both men and women 12.All Counties and Clubs to have three/five year developments plans in place by the end of 2008
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  • Recommendations: The Games 1.Each County should publish and implement an annual fixtures programme which provides (a target number of???) games for players of all ages; genders; and gaelic codes: cross-County boundary fixtures should be used where feasible 2.Host an biennial Coaching the GAA in seminar, rotated around, to keep up to date with leading-edge GAA coaching; share good practice within ; and identify new priorities for action 3.Encourage Britain-based coaches to attend the GAAs annual Coaching Conference 4.Recruit Third level College students to coach in Clubs (and prepare/support them via in-College coach training programmes) 5.Organise games between Clubs and Third Level Colleges 6.Introduce new competitions at U16 and U18 levels 7.Appoint, on three-year contracts, seven County-based Development Officers who will cover the full GAA spectrum from administration to coaching 8.Develop and deliver, possibly based on successful models developed in, week-end/blitz-type competitions for players at all levels 9.Each County should put in place at least one underage Development Squad 10.Every British Club should set the target of having a team in the 2012 Feile 11.The British GAA Council, supported by the GAA overall, should take the lead on obtaining recognition of Gaelic games from the Youth Sports Trust and the National Schools Sports Association 12.Each County should aim to be self sufficient in the delivery of GAA coaching awards 13.Every British Club should set the target of having a team participating in each available level of hurling by 2012
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  • Recommendations: Schools and Colleges 1.Each Club in should put in place a structured Club/school link, based on, at a minimum, the appointment of a dedicated Club/School Support Officer 2.Roll out the Warwickshire Schools Model ( including the Bishop Challoner Eight Week Programme) across the rest of, as appropriate to local circumstances 3.Develop a pro-active approach to the recruitment of parents to assist with the development and delivery of gaelic activities in the school setting and beyond 4.Recruit Third Level students to provide coaching in school and Club settings 5. Maintain and develop the participation of British Colleges in Third Level GAA competitions 6.Establish Cumann na mBunscol and second level schools Committees and integrate British schools into overall Cumann na mBunscol and second level schools competitions 7.Implement a coaching license system where each teacher and Third Level student delivering Gaelic games in schools has a Foundation Level coaching award; a child protection certificate; a First Aid badge; and a police check 8.Encourage teachers and pupils/students to develop projects on GAA-related themes 9.Liaise with local education authorities re potential support for Gaelic games in education settings
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  • Recommendations: Grounds and Physical Development 1.An audit to establish the number of proper GAA pitches (and associated facilities) either owned by, or available to, GAA units in should be carried out 2.Each Club should set and work to a target of having at least one dedicated gaelic games pitch (with appropriate accompanying facilities), vested in the GAA 3.Each County should have reasonable access to a vested, possibly via twinning arrangements with other Counties 4.GAA should agree a programme of support with DION
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  • Recommendations: Culture and Heritage 1.Counties and Clubs should develop and partake in a Scor An Bhreatain, at junior and senior levels 2.Scor An Bhreatain winners should be invited into the All-Ireland Scor Finals 3.All GAA premises should be branded as gaelic and Irish, for example via the use of Irish language signs and gaelic art 4.Elements of Irish music; dance; and/or drama should form part of all major GAA programmes in, eg at Finals; NFL/ games; etc 5.The GAA in should collaborate with like-minded organisations in the cultural area, eg CCE and Conradh na Gaeilge 6.Links should be developed with indigenous English, and other, cultural activities 7.An annual The Irish in event (eg a lecture; conference; exhibition) should be hosted by the GAA, and rotated around 8.A cultural aspect should be included in all Britain/Ireland GAA exchanges and tours and as part of all intra-Britain weekend/blitz-type games competitions
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  • Recommendations: Promotion and Marketing 1.All Counties and Clubs, and the British Council should appoint an active PRO, for whom structured training should be provided 2.All GAA units strategic plans should include a focus on PR and marketing, leading to the rolling out of local PR and marketing programmes 3.All units of the Association should put in place, and keep updated, their own dedicated but inter-linked websites 4.The Brit

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