GAA Post Primary Schools Strategy 2012-2014 Launch
Uachtáran C.L.G. introduces the Strategy at the Launch
An Uachtarán C.L.G. Cristóir Ó Cuana was present on Tuesday evening in Croke Park to launch the GAA Post Primary Schools Strategy 2012-2014. The Strategy, the first of its kind for the sector in the Association’s history, has laid out a plan for the continued development and promotion of Gaelic Games in post-primary schools over the next 3 years. New initiatives are outlined across the five sections of the document: Games Development, Competition Structures, Administration, Communications & PR, Support Structures.
Speaking at the launch, the Chairman of the All-Ireland Post-Primary Schools, Albert Fallon paid tribute to the enormous work done by teachers down through the years: “It is important to acknowledge those who contributed so much to the association through their involvement in schools both as administrators and mentors to teams, which very often goes un-rewarded. The GAA owes a huge debt of gratitude to all those who gave and continue to give their time voluntarily” He also acknowledged the strain teachers are under as they try to balance their involvement in extra-curricular activities with increased responsibilities. “During the formation of this strategy Comhairle Iarbhunscoileanna held workshops in the four provinces and Dublin to allow those involved to voice their ideas and concerns. We know how difficult it has become for teachers to give the same commitment to school teams but it was also refreshing to see so many of those whom attended were willing and enthusiastic to continue the good work of the past.”
Mr. Fallon also outlined the key element of the plan “The Cluster Club – Post Primary School s Link is central to the Strategy. If we can get the local clubs coming together to support the local post-primary school, as is happening already in some schools, the mutual benefits are plain to see. Increased communication between these two sectors is vital in maintaining participation among post-primary school students. The local County Board too, has a big role to play in supporting schools activities.”
The Cluster Club – Post Primary School Link is already in place in many schools all over the island and its structure varies from school to school. The Model is based on a school contact co-ordinating local club representatives to help with the delivery of Gaelic Games to students. Some clubs contribute financially to the schools activities, some provide mentors to travel to games, others provide pitches etc; in return the schools can provide their facilities to the club and provide a full-filling year round programme of games. The ideal scenario is that wherever a school may have a shortfall, the local clubs can step-in and help out to ensure Gaelic Games flourish in the area.
In tandem with the Strategy launch, a new national post-primary schools website, www.pp.gaa.ie has also gone live. This will provide information on this season’s All-Ireland Post Primary Schools Championships Series which continues with six fixtures this weekend . The site will be developed over the course of the plan as a first port of call for all stakeholders in the sector.
Post Primary Schools Strategy 2012-2014 is attached below and can also be downloaded from: