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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 study implementing an urban plan for gaa tools that build success

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

Derry City Council

Ben Corr Barry O’Hagan





Baseline to inform:

Demonstrate evidence of need:

• Work Programme

• Club Development Plans

• City Plan






why audit

Why Audit?

Where do we

want to be ?


Urban Development

of Gaelic Games

Ulster Councils Strategic Plan 2002 – 2006

GAA Underage Strategic Plan






why audit1

Why Audit?

How do we

get there?


Bringing the Vision to Reality

  • Increase Participation / Optimise Playing Standards
  • Development of Club Infrastructure
  • Preparation of individual Club Development Plan
why audit2

Why Audit?

Where do we

want to be ?


How do we

get there?


Where are

we now ?


sections within template

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 camps1

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