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Case Study Implementing an Urban Plan for GAA ‘Tools that build success’. Derry City Council. Ben Corr Barry O’Hagan. Baseline. Audit. Baseline. Baseline to inform:. Demonstrate evidence of need:. • Work Programme • Club Development Plans • City Plan. • LSP • SCNI • DSD • DCC

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Case StudyImplementing an Urban Plan for GAA‘Tools that build success’

Derry City Council

Ben Corr Barry O’Hagan


Baseline

Audit

Baseline

Baseline to inform:

Demonstrate evidence of need:

• Work Programme

• Club Development Plans

• City Plan

• LSP

• SCNI

• DSD

• DCC

• GAA


Why Audit?

Where do we

want to be ?

LONG TERM VISION

Urban Development

of Gaelic Games

Ulster Councils Strategic Plan 2002 – 2006

GAA Underage Strategic Plan

Optimise

Playing

Standards

Increase

Participation


Why Audit?

How do we

get there?

STRATEGIC SPORTS DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Bringing the Vision to Reality

  • Increase Participation / Optimise Playing Standards

  • Development of Club Infrastructure

  • Preparation of individual Club Development Plan


Why Audit?

Where do we

want to be ?

LONG TERM VISION

How do we

get there?

SPORTS DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Where are

we now ?

AUDIT


Sections within Template

  • 1.1 Physical Infrastructure

  • 2.1 Human Infrastructure

  • 3.1 Participation

  • 4.1 Club Management and Administration

  • 5.1 Planning

  • 6.1 Needs


Audit Process

Process signed off by Project Management Group

• Audit carried out with 6 clubs, 30 primary schools and 10 secondary schools within the Urban area

• Personally administered by District Development Officer

• Clubs and schools to nominate key personnel

(Maximum of 2 people)

• Clubs and schools to indicate preferred times for sessions


Audit Findings

• Club/School Specific

• Confidentiality

• Informs Club/City Development Plans

• Informs Work Programme

• Analysis carried out by ‘Straightforward Research and Development’, a professional research practice based in the North West of Ireland


Evaluation of Findings

  • • Analysis of club results complete

  • • Analysis of school results to follow

  • • Some key club governance issues have arisen

  • in some of the following areas :

    • Child Protection

    • Equal Opportunities

    • Health and Safety/First Aid

    • Club policies and Procedures


Next Steps

Creation of a generic ‘Club Guidelines’ template

• Creation of Club Specific Child Protection Policy

• Creation of Club Specific Equal Opportunities Policy

• Amendment of Club Constitution to reflect child protection policy, equality statement etc

• Election of Youth Liaison Officer (Creation of sample Job Description)

• Implementation of the GAA’s ‘Code Of Best Practice For Youth Sport”

• Creation of Club Specific Code of Best Practice/Code of Conduct for coaches, players etc

• Child Protection Training for those coaches/volunteers not CP qualified

• Creation of Club Specific Health and Safety Policy and Health and Safety/First Aid

Training – min 5 members per club

• Workshop on setting up a database of club members (players, officials, coaches etc)

• Creation of Club Specific documented emergency procedures/accident reporting system

• Creation of Club Specific Recruitment Policy/Reporting Procedure


Business Planning

• Next piece of work to be carried out is ‘Business Planning’

• Local Strategy Partnership (LSP) in Derry have awarded 6.4 m to voluntary organisations in last 2 yrs

• Successful application to LSP for Technical Assistance with the creation of a Strategic Plan for Gaelic games in the city

• Work to be carried in conjunction with Venture International, District Development Officer and the 6 Urban based clubs

• Results from the club and school audits will provide the basis for the ‘City Strategic Plan’


Urban Gaelic Summer Camps

• Two separate schemes – Celtic Park, Outer North Area

(Also separate hurling camp in conjunction with Na Magha)

• Provision of 5 qualified coaches from Derry County Board

• Clubs provided over 20 volunteers

• Links established with Health Promotion Agency and sponsorship provided by O'Neill's Sports

• Camps ran for a total of 6 weeks during the summer


Urban Gaelic Summer Camps

• Transport provided in 5 areas of the city (free of charge)

• Each child received a healthy snack each day

• On completion of the camp, each child presented with a size 3 O'Neill's football and T-Shirt

• In Celtic Park camp, 143 children not affiliated with a club

Lack of infrastructure, both physical and human means there

will be a lack of opportunities for these young people


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